Resources ARCHIVE

  • When students are dismissed from school and arrive to your program what is the first thing you notice? Give up? The amount of energy they have! The first category of resources I want to share is for physical activity. These students have been sitting at a desk for most of the day receiving a very […]

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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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  • After-School and Out-of-School Program Grants Deadline: February 8, 2017 The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities is offering awards and grants for after-school and out-of-school programs that “are transforming the lives of young people.” Programs that engage young people in out-of-class time in the arts and humanities are eligible. In particular, programs should […]

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  • Thinking about how to support middle school OST? The New York Life Foundation has opened a new Aim High grant opportunity focused on middle school. Aim High will provide $1.95M over three years to middle school afterschool, summer or expanded learning programs serving disadvantaged youth. A total of 18 grant awards will be made nationwide—take […]

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  • The Talk: Insights for giving constructive feedback “Do you let your staff dress like that?” an angry parent remarked. You recently met with a concerned parent regarding an inappropriately dressed counselor working a recent “Family Night” event.  After the conversation, you scratched your head wondering how to share the feedback.   When we are in this […]

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  • Little Details Matter At the age of 15, I started working as a camp counselor at a local community center in Bridgeport, CT.  I was a drill sergeant back then.  My girls stood in a straight line like soldiers and followed my lead, although other counselors struggled to maintain control over their campers.  Having an […]

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  • The Connecticut After School Network will be hosting confidential listening sessions throughout January 2017. All licensed and exempt after school program providers are encouraged to come and share their thoughts, experiences, and ideas regarding current Office of Early Childhood (OEC) licensing regulations and practices. Responses and attendee list will be kept confidential. Please RSVP to […]

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  • Tips to Build Rapport with Students for New After-School Educators Are you a new after-school educator? If so, you might feel like an outsider.  You might witness sincere interactions between staff and students while wondering how to foster those types of relationships yourself.  Being your natural self is one of the best ways to interact […]

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  • An important alert from our colleagues at the Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance (CECA) — please join with us in supporting this essential program! PROTECT CONNECTICUT’S CHILD CARE 1. November 16, 10:30 a.m., CECA ADVOCACY COMMITTEE meeting followed by meetings with legislators 2. November 29, 3 – 4 p.m., RALLY at the Capitol, 300 Capitol Ave. […]

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  • When kids start school they are learning to read between Pre-K and 3rd grade. After this point, children must read to learn. According to the Campaign for Grade Level Reading, “Reading proficiency by third grade is the most important predictor of high school graduation and career success. Yet every year, more than 80 percent of […]

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