Making Play Work

Making Play Work

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After-school programs are becoming an important developmental support for low and moderate-income children. This book describes the historical development, current status, and critical issues facing these programs. Divided into historical eras for easy reference, the text examines: - The evolution of after-school programs and their role in the lives of children, providing a framework for reflecting on broader, contemporary issues such as the effects of poverty on children in the United States.- The rationales for and objectives of these programs and how both were shaped by prevailing societal ideas about children.- Patterns of sponsorship and staffing, describing daily routines and exploring the nature of children's experiences in different kinds of programs.- The relationship between after-school programs and schools, analyzing how these programs have responded to the dilemma of balancing children's needs for guidance and supervision with their equally important need for spontaneity and self-expression.- Current directions and expectations for the future of after-school programs.We are reminded that if something is being lost to children (and to their communities) when they are led indoors into ... One veteran fourth-grade teacher in New York City, explaining her decision to move to another grade level to avoid testanbsp;...

Title:Making Play Work
Author:Robert Halpern
Publisher:Teachers College Press - 2003-01-01


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