Quality Element 3: Environment & Climate

/Quality Element 3: Environment & Climate
Quality Element 3: Environment & Climate 2017-08-21T20:27:52+00:00



A quality program provides a safe, clean, and developmentally appropriate environment that meets the physical needs of all youth, supports best practice programming, and reflects the needs and interests of youth.



Featured Resource

Creating a Safe Space

Children need to feel supported in the learning environment, especially when we are asking them to experiment and learn through trial and error.  Click 2 Science’s resources will help you learn strategies for creating a physically and socially safe space for students to explore STEM activities.



Bullying and Children with Special Needs (Report and Guide)  – Ability Path
Global Learning Quick Sheets, Handouts, and Toolkits  Asia Society
Global Oneness Project (Lesson Plans)

Promoting Diversity, Access, Equity and Inclusion – San Francisco Expanding Learning Collaborative

Youth-Driven Space – Formative Index – Neutral Zone: Youth Driven Space

A Place of Their Own:  Designing Quality Space for Out-of-School Time (Video) – Wellesley Centers for Women

Afterschool Materials Guide – Yvonne & Schuyler Moore Child Development Research Center of the University of South Carolina

Great Afterschool Programs and Spaces That Wow! (Book)  Linda J. Armstrong

Youth Voice Guidebook – David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality

10 Tips for Affirming Diversity and Supporting Equity in New After School Programs – California Tomorrow

Inclusion Tool Kit for After School Programs – Special Needs Inclusion Project

Teaching Tolerance: A Project of the Southern Poverty Law Center

Inclusive Practices Tip Sheets – Special Needs Inclusion Project

Understanding Gender Identity in Young People: A Briefing Paper for Afterschool Programs  Temescal Associates

Ensuring Accessing to Mentoring Programs for LGBTQ Youth – Williams Institute

Leveraging Afterschool for English Language Learner Success  Foundations, Inc.

Early Learning Climate Videos from Get Georgia Reading

 Use New Digital Tools from ARTHUR to Help Promote Prosocial Skills and Reduce Bullying  Afterschool Alliance

Nurturing Social-Emotional Learning in Out-of-School Time  Public Profit

Creatively Using Your Space, Time, and Materials  Click2Science

Creating a Safe Space for Vulnerable Youth    Click2Science


Research & Best Practices

English Learners and Out-of-School Time Programs – Afterschool Matters

Child Trauma Toolkit for Educators The National Child Traumatic Stress Network
Safe Spaces. Safe Places: Creating Welcoming and Inclusive Environments for Traumatized LGBTQ Youth (Resource Guide) The National Child Traumatic Stress Network
Safe Spaces. Safe Places: Creating Welcoming and Inclusive Environments for Traumatized LGBTQ Youth (Video) The National Child Traumatic Stress Network

“This is Their House, Too”: An Afterschool Space Designed for and by Teenagers  The Harvard Family Research Project

Afterschool Supporting Students with Disabilities and Other Special Needs (Issue Brief) – Afterschool Alliance

Children of Latino Immigrants and Out-of-School Time Programs – Child Trends

Making a Makerspace? Guidelines for Accessibility and Universal Design University of Washington

Inclusion of Children with Special Needs in After School and Summer Programs – New Jersey Department of Human Services

Promoting Diversity, Access, Equity and Inclusion – San Francisco Expanded Learning Collaborative

English Language Learners in Out-of-School Time – Boston Children’s Museum

Strategies to Support English Language Learners – Edutopia

Supporting children, youth and families in the systems that serve them – American Psychological Association


Professional Development

Click2Science (Learning Modules)