Inspiration ARCHIVE

  • If you are an 80’s baby, you probably played with a toy kitchen set. I did. When I was four years old, Santa brought me a kitchen set for Christmas. With a big grin on my face, I served my family plastic chicken drumsticks and fake pieces of yellow corn on the cob.  My mom […]

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  • With spring just around the corner, I cannot help but think forward to the summer. The summer often gets glorified for students as a time full of fun in the sun. However, the summer is not a fun vacation for everyone. A lot of students are left at home to keep an eye on the […]

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  • The Connecticut After School Network’s Annual Art Contest “After School Builds Bright Tomorrows….” This year we are doing a MURAL!  Get your after school kids together and create a program mural; it can be by age group or whole program group.

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  • With the coming Holidays, I thought we would share just who celebrates the holidays during the month of December.  Here is a calendar and a brief explanation of 14 different faiths who share their own take on the December Holiday Season. You can find a year long calendar here. Nov. 28: Advent Fast begins — […]

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  • We need your help! The following survey will only take a few seconds…we promise! Our survey consists of only 5 questions and will be used later on during conference. Share the link with colleagues, the first 100 responses will be used. Click here to access survey.  

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  • Remember when people asked children, “what’s wrong with you”? We still do this. Rather we should be asking, “what happened to you”. Childhood trauma is more common than we care to say. There are many different statistics but all support that trauma is highly prevalent in adults and children. You, as providers and staff see […]

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  • The Connecticut After School Network wants to congratulate Mallory Deprey from the New Britain YWCA who was chosen in this year’s class of White Riley Peterson Fellows. She, along with our own Dr. Ken Anthony are the only Connecticut Fellows. Why is this important? The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation is a great supporter of after […]

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  • Victoria Bosman, AmeriCorps VISTA at Dwight Hall at Yale Mark Fopeano, Program Manager at Dwight Hall at Yale Our 8th grade students in the Jones-Zimmermann Academic Mentoring Program (J-Z AMP) just wrapped up their last year with their Yale student mentors that they’ve been with for three years! Twelve years and four cohorts later, we’ve […]

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  • I love incorporating sensory bins in my program every chance I get. Studies about sensory tables will show that they are not only beneficial to children with special needs but for all children. My students go crazy when we have sensory activity set up for them and I love to see how amazed and engaged […]

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  • Part 1: Awareness Does this sound familiar? Educator: “You are always interrupting my program by making by silly fart noises. Cut it out.” Student: “You’re always blaming me for stuff I didn’t even do.” Educator: “It is you. Stop or be kicked out.” Student: “My mom said you shouldn’t be yelling. You’re not a teacher. […]

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