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You have taken the first step in identifying quality after-school programs in your area. The Afterschool zone provides you with resources and information on after-school services, programs, and activities that engage students and allow more learning to take place in the day.
After-school programs offer:
What to look for in an after-school program?
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Tips for Selecting a Quality After-School Program from HCDE's CASE for Kids
CASE for Kids offers these guidelines for selecting a quality after-school provider:
1. The program should have a formal sign in and out procedure to assure students are safe.
2. Review the program schedule to ensure students are offered a balance between academic and enrichment activities.
3. Ask how the program screens and trains staff. The better trained and qualified the staff, the better learning environment for your child.
4. Does the program utilize volunteers, community partners or field experts? Your child will thrive in activities led by community partners with a passion for what they do.
5. Learn how the program shares information with you about your children and their activities. Decades of research shows that students flourish when parents remain active in their child’s education.
Your involvement is important!
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Five Steps to Positive Parenting
With so much conflicting information about parenting, how do you know what's best and what works? Triple P - Positive Parenting Program has 30 years' research to back it up. These are the five proven steps to a better family life.
1. Create a safe, interesting environment
Children need to play, explore and investigate their world, so remove potential dangers from your home, teach basic safety and provide lots of interesting things to keep children busy.
2. Have a positive learning environment
When your child comes to you for help or to talk, they're ready to learn. Give them positive attention, even if only for a minute or so.
3. Use assertive discipline
Children do best in a predictable, stable environment, so set clear rules and boundaries and follow through with appropriate consequences. Encourage behaviour you like with lots of praise.
4. Have realistic expectations
Nobody's perfect - children or adults - so don't expect your child to do more than they're capable of. And remember, all parents struggle from time to time.
5. Take care of yourself as a parent
It's all about balance. You've got to look after your own needs too, so make sure you're getting some support, time with friends, fun and maybe even a little time to yourself!
Click here for printable PDF of the Five Steps to Positive Parenting.
Find out more: www.triplep-parenting.net
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