ERIC Number: ED428867
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
Alabama Bridges: A Comprehensive Model for a Program of Care and Supervision of Older Children and Young Adolescents in Out-of-School Time. Program Manual.
Bowles, Laura; Piggott, Gail B.
The Employers' Child Care Alliance, a group of major employers in Lee County, Alabama, developed the "Bridges" program, an innovative program for children ages 10-14 during out-of-school time. The program focuses on the growth of the whole child, specifically in areas not traditionally focused on in school, such as creative development, cultural awareness, community service, and career exploration. This program guide presents administrative and resource materials from the program to allow other communities to learn from the experience and possibly "fast track" some type of "Bridges" program for young people who are usually considered too old for typical child care, but for whom the risks of unsupervised time are great. Following an executive summary, the guide presents general information about the "Bridges" program, including goals and rationale. The remainder of the guide's first half presents information in the following areas: (1) getting started, including state licensing and national accreditation; (2) costs and funding; (3) staff; and (4) recruiting families, including a sample enrollment packet. The second half of the guide presents resources: (5) program basics, such as effective communication and supervision; (6) curriculum including sample after-school and full-day schedules; and (7) program activities ideas. The final chapter of the guide is the "First Look" volunteer leader training guide. The guide's appendices include a report from the U.S. Department of Education and Department of Justice, "Safe and Smart, Making the After-School Hours Work for Kids"; the Employers Child Care Alliance Child Care Survey and Lee County Community Needs Assessment, conducted prior to development of the "Bridges" program; and another U.S. Department of Education brief, "Keeping Schools Open as Community Learning Centers: Extending Learning in a Safe, Drug-Free Environment Before and After School." The guide concludes with a set of reproducible forms from the "Bridges" program. (HTH)
Descriptors: Adolescents, After School Programs, Elementary Education, Preadolescents, Program Administration, Program Guides, School Age Day Care
Employers' Child Care Alliance, Child Care Resource Center, Inc., 3766 Pepperell Parkway, Opelika, AL 36801; zyrl: 334-749-8400 ($100 includes shipping in the U.S.).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Points of Light Foundation, Washington, DC.; Alabama State Dept. of Economic and Community Affairs, Mobile.
Authoring Institution: Employers' Child Care Alliance, Opelika, AL.
Note: Also sponsored in part by the Alabama Civil Justice Foundation, Alabama Trial Lawyers for Children with assistance from the Child Care Resource Center, Inc., and First Look, Inc. Appendix A, "Safe and Smart: Making the After-School Hours Work for Kids," is also available separately; see ED 419 303.