Positive behavior begins and ends with relationships—not with the rules. While systems and guidelines can provide structure for young people, cultivating an environment of meaningful connections between staff and youth creates a culture where positive behavior is part of the ongoing learning and development of youth.
Quality is certainly on the forefront of afterschool/youth development programs across the country. You can be an important coach to support your staff in growing their capacity towards recognizing and incorporating youth program quality.
Transitions can be hard on a child. With these helpful tips, you can make it easier on your students to easily switch between activities. For all situations, make sure to in a positive manner tell children ahead of time where they are going, what they are going to do, and what behavior is expected of them.