WELCOME TO THE
NEW! Parent Handbook (Available SEPTEMBER 2017)
TEASING VERSE BULLYING
Wisdom shared by author Julia Cook...
MAKING FRIENDS IS AN ART
It's not always easy for children to make friends.
The below story by Julia Cook explores friendships through the eyes of crayons...
SUPPORTING SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT THROUGH QUALITY AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAMS
According to the American Institutes for Research "During the past 20 years, the afterschool field has been held accountable in varying ways—first, on the ability to provide safe places for young people to spend time while their parents work; then, on success in helping to improve participants’ academic achievement as a supplement to the school day. Today, measuring success in afterschool programs is more nuanced and has been influenced by an increased recognition that the social and emotional competencies youth develop while in afterschool programs are also critical to their success in school and life" (Moroney, 2015).
DID YOU KNOW?
After-school activities also provide opportunities for students to connect with supportive adults and peers (Gullotta, 2015). They are a great venue to help youth develop and apply new skills and personal talents. Research has shown that after-school programs focused on social and emotional development can significantly enhance student self-perceptions, school connectedness, positive social behaviors, school grades, and achievement test scores, while reducing problem behaviors (Durlak et al., 2010).1
1 Bear, G.G., Whitcomb, S.A., Elias, M.J., & Blank, J.C. (2015). "SEL and Schoolwide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports." In J.A. Durlak, C.E. Domitrovich, R.P. Weissberg, & T.P. Gullotta (Eds.),Handbook of Social and Emotional Learning. New York: Guilford Press.