Saturday, March 7, 2009

School-Age Care Professional Development Day
Saturday, March 7, 2009 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
CCAC North Campus
Room 1119
8701 Perry Highway
Pittsburgh, PA 15237

6 hours of professional development
***Includes continental breakfast and lunch***

Register online

Classes offered ($5 per session):

  • Ethics and Professionalism in the School-Age Workplace
  • Literacy = Fun!
  • On the Level . . . Positive Guidance and Discipline
  • Relationships 101: How to Improve Relationships
  • SAC 101: An Introduction to School-Age Care

It was a pleasure to meet so many dedicated practitioners last Saturday. Thank you to all for making the day successful.

Suzanne and Chesca

(Pictures from the event will be posted here.)

Challenges We Face in SAC

Round Table Discussion is defined as a number of persons gathered together for conference and discussion of a topic.

On January 29, 2009 a group of after-school professionals came together to participate in the first SAC Round Table in southwestern PA this year. Before discussing the challenges that we face in the SAC field, we talked about what we thought we were doing right and what we would like to see more of in SAC programs.

What we are doing right:
* Staff plan for and with our after-school children.
* After-school programs are flexible.
* Staff understand that relationships are important.
* Staff are role models.
* Children are given choices.
* Parents learn more about their children through assessments and daily interactions with staff.
* After-school programs are not a continuation but a supplement to school and home.
* Children feel safe not just physcially but emotionally.
* After-school programs broaden the horizons of the children they serve.
* Please add to this list in the comments section.

Challenges we face:
* Finding and retaining good staff.
* Properly compensating quality staff.
* Building positive relationships with families.
* Sharing common goals between directors, parents, staff and children.
* Transporting children to and from programs.
* Dedicating space specifically for after-school needs.
* Serving children with special needs.
* Stating and implementing policies that deal with behavior issues.
* Finding the time and motivation to attend professional development.
* Please add to this list in the comments section.

Round table discussions serve as 2 professional development hours and also serve as an opportunity to network and share ideas about SAC issues. We hope more people will be able to join us for the next session. We will keep you posted for the next meeting and hope to see you there.

It was nice to meet Traci, Mary Lou and Christopher.
Thanks to Jan for leading the round table.

Suzanne and Chesca