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Creating Effective Environments
The Institute for Childhood Education

Creating Effective Environments

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The goals of school-age childcare should be different than those of the educational environment. Childcare should not be viewed as an extension of the school day. Bergstrom (1984) states that school-age childcare should focus on the other three “R’s”—resourcefulness, responsibility and reliability.

Research indicates that the most successful programs are those that provide homework and tutorial support, long-term project based activities, arts and crafts, performing arts and recreation (Birmingham, Pechman, Russell & Mielke, 2005). Children should be given the opportunity to make choices and pursue things that are of interest to them as they apply the skills and concepts learned in an academic setting in a personally meaningful way.

This publication is filled with pertinent information to help you create "Effective Environments"


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