Quality ARCHIVE

  • The definition of bullying is, “the use of superior strength or influence to intimidate (someone), typically to force him or her to do what one wants“. Based on this definition it seems like everyone has been bullied.  When it affects our own children that’s when we tend to need it to be stopped in its […]

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  • Did you know that Connecticut sent  55 winning students from the Connecticut Invention Convention to the National Convention and tied with Ohio for the most awards received?  Makes you proud.  A 14 year old Southington student won the National award.  Lucca Riccio invented the “message mask” that took the top honor.  That peaks your curiosity, […]

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  • With an estimated 10 million students currently enrolled in out-of-school-time (OST) programs, providing high quality experiences is essential for the well-being of participants. According to the Grantmakers for Education’s Funders’ Guide to Quality in OST, participation in these programs allow students to engage in areas of study that are limited during the school day. That […]

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  • Fathers make important contributions to their kids’ development—and do so in ways that are different from mother’s contributions. Fathers are more likely to use advanced language around young kids, which promotes vocabulary development. Fathers also tend to prioritize rough-and-tumble play, letting kids explore, and playing more than caretaking, which establish independence and positive social skills. […]

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  • For kids, few moments in life are more glorious than the end of the school year and the start of summer vacation. Hooray! Three whole months of sweet freedom! But when school’s out, kids from low-income families have a real problem on their hands. While their more affluent peers may be visiting libraries, attending summer […]

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  • How would our communities look, feel and achieve differently if every child, not just those with means, had a place to eat and a way to keep learning over the summer months? Communities across the country are making great gains in expanding resources in the summer for young people. And while their successes offer a […]

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  • 5 Ways to Build Strong Relationships in a Fast Paced Culture Family engagement has a life-long impact on the lives of children and comes in many forms. As professionals in the field of after school and expanded learning, it is important to remember that even though we may not see a child’s family at school […]

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  • The 2016 Lights On Afterschool Poster contest is OPEN!  This is a great opportunity for an afterschool program to gain national recognition for the opportunities it offers.  The winning design will be printed on tens of thousands of posters and mailed to more than 8,000 Lights On Afterschool events worldwide.  The winning artist’s afterschool program will be […]

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  • Celebrate Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week April 25-29! #heartofafterschool   Afterschool programs make a difference in the life of a child. Afterschool programs offer youth opportunities for enhanced education. At the heart of afterschool programs are those who work with them. Take a moment to thank those who dedicate their careers to working with them. Check […]

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  • Here is a super easy tool from the Wallace Foundation (updated 2015) to help you determine the costs of high quality after school and summer programming.  Curious to know how long it will take you?  Took me 3 minutes! http://www.wallacefoundation.org/cost-of-quality/pages/default.aspx

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