Quality Element 3: Environment & Climate

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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

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)