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School’s Out! Challenges and Solutions for School-Age Programs: Meaningful Activities

Wednesday, November 18, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST

School's Out

Presented by Dr. Tracy Galuski, Associate Professor, Empire State College, NY; and Dr. Arlene Rider, Assistant Professor, Retired, Empire State College, NY

Sponsored by Gryphon House

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Professionals who work with school-age children in out-of-school environments often struggle with ways to keep the children engaged in programs that run before and after the structured school day. Children have varied needs, and program staff are often dealing with challenges such as a restrictive environment, mixed groupings, and varied schedules.

Within the context of child development, this edWebinar, based upon the new book of the same title, offers a child-centered approach to developing activities that engage and enhance the program. Participants will explore a number of common challenges along with some possible solutions that can be adapted and applied in their work.

Learning outcomes include:

  • Review typical learning centers in a school-age program
  • Explore developmental stages and how child development informs practice
  • Discuss challenges and solutions related to environment and activities

This edWebinar will be of benefit to practitioners in before- and after-school programs in a variety of settings. There will be time for questions at the end of the presentation.


Tracy GaluskiAbout the Presenters

Tracy Galuski, Ph.D. earned her Ph.D. in elementary education/early childhood education from the University at Buffalo, SUNY. With about 25 years’ experience working with children and child care providers, she enjoys sharing her experiences and learning from others at training and conference events. Currently she is Faculty Chair and Associate Faculty Chair responsible for the online curriculum in early childhood studies and educational studies at Empire State College, State University of New York. She teaches courses in a wide variety of areas including early childhood education, curricula and environments, and child care administration. Her first book, Open-ended Art for Young Children, was released in 2018. This presentation highlights her second book, coauthored with her colleague Dr. Arlene Rider. School’s Out! Challenges and Solutions for School-Age Programs will be released this fall by Gryphon House.


Arlene RiderArlene Rider, Ph.D. has degrees in early childhood education, child development, and educational psychology. She has taught early childhood education and child and adolescent development in higher education for about 30 years. Arlene has been involved with New York State Network for Youth Success for over 18 years as instructor, advisor, and endorser for the NYS School Age Child Care credential, and is a member of their statewide workgroup. She is often seen presenting workshops at conferences such as the New York State Association for the Education of Young Children and for NYS Network for Youth Success each spring. Arlene lives in Wappinger Falls, New York with her husband of 35 years, and has four children and 10 grandchildren.


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