Meeting Them Where They Are: Delivering Awesome Programs (DAP) in Afterschool

WORKSHOP PRESENTERS: Liz Nusken and Sheila James



SESSION 3 : 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM


WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: Developmentally Appropriate Practice, also known as DAP, is a strategy for delivering awesome programs by meeting children where they are individually and collectively.  This includes creating a caring community of learners; planning activities that are age-appropriate, multi-leveled and designed to meet program and/or individual goals; and reciprocal relationships with family members, a child’s first teacher.



Liz Nusken is an experienced non-profit leader with a strong record of coaching and supporting others for results, program creation and operation, communications, resource development, staff and volunteer management in public, non-profit and corporate settings. Specialized knowledge in afterschool, summer and school-age child care models, assessment tools and frameworks, policy, systems and best practices.

Sheila has served as a champion for children and dedicated youth advocate for over 25 years. Her career and advocacy efforts include a variety of experiences: volunteer, teacher, outreach specialist, center administrator, TA Specialist, and professional development trainer. 

Sheila has been a leader among her peers to drive quality and consistency of the site experience through coaching, training and mentoring across Central Ohio.  She is a Master S.T.E.M Trainer and holds degrees in Business Administration and Early Childhood Development.

With the intent of delivering best practice information, relevant resources, and updating significant changing trends in the afterschool and early childhood field; Sheila is committed to advancing children’s learning and social development by equipping those who work in programs with impactful tools they need to be successful.