4 Visions for Transforming the Afterschool Space

Many American parents face the challenge of finding affordable childcare beyond school hours.1 It’s estimated that 18.5 million children need supervision after school because of parents working full time. Of those, 8.4 million are enrolled in afterschool care programs, which leaves a whopping 15 million kids alone and unsupervised after school hours.2 Continue reading

How To Inoculate Yourself from Program Stress [TED Talk Review]

We love TED Talks. There are so many great ones, but who has time to keep up with them all? That’s why, every so often, I want to share a TED learning that might be useful to our customers.

In his talk What I Learned From Going Blind in Space,1 astronaut Chris Hadfield described…well, that. He was outside the spaceship when it happened, attached to so-called ‘safety’ only by a tether and the voice of Command in his ear. He told about the training he’d been through that allowed him to stay calm. Continue reading

On Spinners & Slime: Surviving the Latest Kid Trends:

If your life includes teaching or parenting middle schoolers, you’re probably aware of these popular tween obsessions—slime, fidget spinners, and water bottle flipping. Whether you’re getting a break from these trends or about to start dealing with them in your camps and classes this summer, here are some of the pitfalls and payoffs of these crazes, according to these news articles: Continue reading

Promote Kids’ Health with Global Running Day & Get Outdoors Day

How many times as a kid did your mother or caregiver urge you outside because you needed to “run off some energy” or “get the wiggles out” or “soak up some good, old-fashioned sunshine”? (Sure, she also wanted you out of her hair for a while, but that’s beside the point.)

On the heels of Mother’s Day, I’m realizing that many of us believe fresh air and exercise are good for us because our mothers told us so—not just because of all the research studies we’ve read that indicate kids’ playtime in green outdoor spaces reduces symptoms of attention disorders and improves results on standardized tests.1

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It’s Here: Your Useful Summer Readiness Checklist

Summer is upon us. Are you feeling it? Supplies, facilities, parent and staff communication all compete for your attention. Not to mention prepping your own family for this busy season – new swimsuits and Crocs; backpacks with insulated water bottles, sunscreen, and Ziploc bags – and labeling EVERYTHING!

Feeling prepared has a lot to do with planning and focus, so with those things in mind, we’ve started a summer readiness checklist for you. Download the checklist. Continue reading

Do This Now: The Best Last-Minute Marketing Tactic for Summer Programs

How & Why To Make a Selfie Video

May is your last chance for a quick promotion to fill capacities for your summer programs. If you’ve still got room for more registrations, here’s an easy, cheap, last-minute marketing idea: Create a short, selfie video like the one below.

Even if it’s not your favorite medium, there’s no denying the power of video. By 2019 experts say that video will represent more than 80% of all internet traffic; for the U.S. it will be more than 85%.1 Continue reading

The 2 Most Important Questions to Ask Your Participants’ Parents

Who are your best customers – the ones who love your camp or class in the most tangible ways? They recruit their friends. They sign up during Early Bird registration. They read and respond to your emails.

How would you like to bottle some of that customer love? To know exactly what you’re doing right for those people, so you can keep pleasing them and multiplying their influence to the benefit of your program? Continue reading