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Module: 1.2.1 Elements of the Environment

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This module was developed as part of the California Department of Education/Child Development Division School-Age Training Project and was revised in 2017 to incorporate specific language, examples and tips for summer and year-round learning programs.

There are three essential afterschool environments; indoor, outdoor, and the interpersonal.  This training will help staff to enhance the afterschool environment for children and youth. 

In this training participants will:

Content Overview:

Training Introduction

Trainer gives broad overview of training topic to familiarize participants with important background information.

The Indoor Environment

Participants will examine their program's indoor environment and the intentionality of its design. They will look at the environment for appropriateness, as a space that promotes positive behavior, and the challenges that it may add to the program.

The Outdoor Environment

Participants will look at their outdoor activities, considering positive changes that can be made, like moving some indoor activities outside.

The Interpersonal Environment

Participants will role-play positive strategies for interacting with children/youth, giving them time to practice appropriate techniques and when to use them.

Creating An Action Plan

Focuses on creating a plan with a timeline for strengthening participant's program environments. 

Training Length: 2 hours

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