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Social-emotional Learning

Challenging behaviors often arise because children do not know how to cope or regulate their emotions or respond to stressful situations. Social-emotional learning can offer these students tools to improve their emotional and social experiences.

Afterschool programs can easily incorporate social-emotional and leadership activities for students that will reduce challenging behaviors. Additionally, team building activities for kids helps them learn valuable life skills. Through some simple strategies, social-emotional development can be enhanced in any afterschool program.

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5 Ways to Transform Students into Active Citizens

In the current political and social climate, afterschool professionals can help kids understand current events in developmentally appropriate ways. Use the following five tips to help your students create meaningful change:

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5 Tips for Incorporating Service Learning into Afterschool

"Everyone can be great because everyone can serve." -Martin Luther King, Jr.

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How To Improve Social-Emotional Competencies in Afterschool

Over the past several years, afterschool programs have been praised for their ability to help improve academic achievement and provide a safe haven for youth beyond the school day.


How To Create a Safe Space in Your After School Program

Providing a safe space is critical for after school programs striving to help children thrive.


A Simple Strategy for Teaching Social and Emotional Skills

The S.T.A.R. Strategy is designed to develop independent and emotionally sound students. Educators who have implemented the strategy believe that it is an effective tool for students to solve problems…

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How Educators Can Help Students Cope with Traumatic Events

Nearly half of children in the U.S. have experienced at least one traumatic event, according to a recent report by Child Trends.

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