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  • Got some time to work on that professional development hours backlog?  Always aspiring to improve yourself, just always got your hands full–except now?  Well check out the Afterschool Alliance website. They are not only sharing COVID-19 considerations for the field–including steps you can take to help–but they also have a wealth of webinars on a […]

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  • Ok, so now what?  You’ve still got hours to fill and work to do.  We’re working to gather all of the best resource banks to support young people or and keep your own mind sharp.  Check out this one from RESC Alliance in partnership with CTSDE.  It highlights all sorts of educational resources available online […]

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  • Hello! My name is Mary and I am a part-time Professional Development Specialist with the Network. It’s day five of working from home and I have to say I’m going a little stir crazy. Even though there’s plenty to do, there’s something about suggesting social distance and discouraging in-person human interaction that has me going […]

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  • The Centers for Disease Control has released information to help after school, child care, and schools plan, prepare and respond to the coronavirus. You can find this information here: https://tinyurl.com/qutmzgh. Please read this information, share it with your staff and partners. And consider helping the children in your care to understand the best way to […]

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  • Well that escalated quickly!   Here are 9 articles sharing information and resources about what you can do to prepare and care for yourself, your family, and your work in the coming weeks when it comes to some of the social and emotional aspects of being homebound.  Here are some resources to help make this […]

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  • How to Prepare Children for Group Activities I have to say, I have conducted a few group activities that ended in chaos and have left me wondering what went wrong. Through my experiences, I have learned the skills and strategies that help children develop in learning the skills and benefits of working together in groups. […]

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  • 5 Strategies that Help with Transitions When I visit our learning centers to conduct an observation, I pay close attention to how staff assist children with transitioning from activities.  Let’s face it, change is hard for adults but especially difficult for children. It is critical for staff to be able to transition students quickly and […]

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  • What is your program achieving to include Social Emotional Learning in daily scheduled programming. 1.  What is your school’ s planning process for choosing the SEL program and activities? 2.  What tools, resources, training are your staff performing to  implement SEL programs? Is there a coordinator or planning committee to assure that the efforts of […]

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  • A total of 26 grants will be awarded to support local afterschool, summer, or expanded learning programs serving middle schoolers. Take a look to see which grant category is a good fit for you, and apply! Three grant categories: $100,000 – 8 grants of $50,000 per year over the span of two years will go to […]

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  • Why Children Tease  In a perfect world, children wouldn’t make fun of each other. Unfortunately, we do not live in an ideal world- and teasing is a typical behavior among younger people.  With concerns of bullying in our schools and the impacts it has on our youth, its important to have knowledge about why children may […]

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