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ERIC Number: ED477631
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 193
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-0-8077-4369-0
Making Play Work: The Promise of After-School Programs for Low-Income Children.
Halpern, Robert
Noting that after-school programs are becoming an important developmental support for low- and moderate-income families and their children, this book describes the historical development of these programs, their current status, and critical issues facing after-school programs. Divided into historical eras, the book examines: (1) the evolution of after-school programs from the last quarter of the nineteenth century 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; (2) the rationales for and objectives of these programs and how both were shaped by prevailing societal ideas about children; (3) patterns of sponsorship and staffing, describing daily routines and exploring the nature of childrens experiences in different types of programs; (4) the relationship between after-school programs and school, analyzing how these programs have responded to the dilemma of balancing children's needs for guidance and supervision with their need for spontaneity and self-expression; and (5) current directions and expectations for the future of after-school programs. The book concludes by noting that the current task for after-school proponents is to construct a policy and practice framework that balances attention to common developmental needs with attention to school district needs resulting from the distinct circumstances of low-income children's lives; to balance adults' agendas with efforts to accommodate to children's interests; and to be sensitive to the shifting role of a variety of institutions in low-income children's lives. (Contains 275 references.) (KB)
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Publication Type: Books; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Policymakers; Practitioners
Language: English
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