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ERIC Number: EJ791742
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 16
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1533-8916
From Spontaneous Play and Hanging Out to Out-of-School-Time Programming: An American Perspective
VanderVen, Karen
New Directions for Youth Development, n116 p71-86 Win 2007
Formal programs covering the time young people are not in school (only 20 percent of the time) have burgeoned rapidly in the past few decades as a result of profound societal changes. Although the need of all children for out-of-school-time programs has not been met, millions of youngsters do participate in out-of-school-time programs sponsored by a variety of agencies. There remain challenges to ensure quality in existing programs and those developed in the future. Among attributes associated with quality out-of-school-time programs are safety, both physical and psychological; activities that are developmentally and educationally oriented, engaging, and challenging; the opportunity to form positive relationships with adults and peers; and "opportunities for autonomy and choice." This article offers a perspective on some of the factors associated with providing quality in out-of-school-time programs with a focus on direct practice. (Contains 19 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States