Active After School Programs: 8 Tips for Active Social Play in After School Programs

Millions of children benefit from programs and places to spend their time when school is not in session. A well designed outdoor playground is a major component of a high quality program. But what is a high quality outdoor play environment for an out of school program?

Our current study takes a look at popular play spaces, active dwell time, and positive social play in outdoor playgrounds for after school care. This session will cover supporting research that provides insight into 6 design tips for how to design the perfect playground for an out of school program.  

Presented by:

Suzanne Quinn, PhD

Suzanne Quinn, PhD

KOMPAN Play Institute Manager, Americas

As the manager of KOMPAN Play Institute, Americas, Suzanne research issues related to active play and fitness for children and families. Suzanne has co-authored numerous white papers and articles on the topics of children and play, such as Climbing Clever and Innovative Products: the key to more play.  

Jeanette Fich Jespersen

Jeanette Fich Jespersen

Head of KOMPAN Play Institute

As head of KOMPAN Play Institute, Jeanette has over 20 years of experience in researching, developing, and advocating playground play. Jeanette has served on the scientific and organizing boards of several international conferences on child friendly city planning. Jeanette has authored and co-authored numerous white papers and articles on the topics of inclusive and universal play design, and child development. 

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