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Program Development

Find afterschool program ideas to improve your program! Program development is essential in ensuring that children stay active and engaged during activities and continue to learn when the school bell rings. Get the most out of your afterschool program with program development guides to creating a program that meets the diverse needs of children in your care.


Program Development Articles

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7 Ways Program Leaders Can Encourage Healthy Eating

Proper nutrition is important during childhood in order to help children thrive and grow.

And while there are many reasons why students may eat unhealthy - from the lack of food…

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How to Set SMART Goals to Grow Your Afterschool Program

The start of a new year is typically a time when most people set resolutions, or goals, for the year ahead. And as program leader, you’re probably inspired to set a…

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5 Afterschool Organizations to Donate to This Giving Tuesday

Coined the annual “Day of Giving,” #GivingTuesday started in 2012 as a way to help others through the gift of your time, donations, goods or your voice. Taking place on the…

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6 Resources to Foster Entrepreneurial Thinking in Students

In an education system where the emphasis on standardized testing and rigorous standards can stifle creativity, entrepreneurship can help foster the skills students need to become the doers, makers and…

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7 Practical Tips to Be a Better Communicator for Program Leaders

“The art of communication is the language of leadership.” -James Humes

As program leader, good communication skills are essential. Whether you’re talking to program staff, school administrators or families in your program, it’s…

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How to Save 21st CCLC Programs Amidst Proposed Budget Cuts

Despite the wide range of benefits they offer children and youth, nearly 10,000 afterschool and summer programs could be closing their door within the next year. The latest budget proposal,…



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