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Care Courses offers online training classes and book courses for child care providers, home visitors and parents. Use our childcare professional development clock hours for most US States continuing education inservice requirements and registries, for CDA Certification (Child Development Associate Credential), for CDA Renewal and for NAC Renewal. All our professional development courses give both Clock Hours and IACET CEUs toward CDA Renewal.

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After-School Programs

8 Clock Hours / 0.8 CEUs

After-School Programs

After-School Programs Course Description: 

This course applies to school-age children. 

Learn the characteristics and needs of school-age children, the elements of high-quality after school programs and how to establish a pleasant, fun atmosphere that meets children’s needs. This course includes strategies for dealing with cliques, bullying, disagreements and fights; ideas for implementing an anti-bias curriculum; and games and activities appropriate for school-age children. See the course topics listed below for more information on what is covered.

Learning Outcomes: After completing After-School Programs you will be able to list characteristics of a quality after-school program; identify who should plan afternoons that you and the children will enjoy; identify positive discipline techniques to use in after-school programs; and describe how to support children’s developmental needs and emotional safety. Read more.

Course Formats
Course IDCourse FormatCourse LanguageClock HoursIACET CEUsQuantityTuition 
ASP-13N9 CourseBook English80.8 $44.00
ASP-23N9 Online Course English80.8 $44.00

Please note: You need only ONE of the formats listed above. Choose either CourseBook OR Online Course format.

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Topics Covered in After-School Programs
  • Characteristics and needs of school-age children 
  • The elements of high -quality after-school programs that meet children's needs, including the use of space, involving children in planning, the relationship between adults and children, the adults' attitude 
  • Strategies to help children, especially school-agers, deal with cliques, bullying, disagreements, and fights 
  • Age-appropriate games and activities to encourage cooperation among children      
Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this course.

Instructional methodology: 
Read written material; view videos; listen to audio segments.

Assessment methods: Multiple choice quizzes and written assignments.

Comments on After-School Programs

I received my two Care Courses [Cultural Diversity in Early Childhood Programs and After-School Programs] and am happily working though the first one on diversity. It is introducing some thoughtful information for which I am delighted. -
Bloomington, Indiana

This material is extremely and easily applicable.  The course gave me a broader understanding of the interest of school-age children. -
Dallas, Texas

It was a very useful course [After School Programs]! I learned some things and my certificate came really fast. It was very convenient and I will definitely take more courses in the future!! - Lusby, Maryland

I received my order and was very surprised at how fast I received it.  I just completed reading the book and getting my thoughts together for the test. I found the book to be very informative as I am in charge of our After School program and our Summer Camp program.  I got some great ideas on some of the changes that we could implement into our program. I enjoy being able to get my training at home and enjoyed taking my book outside during the nice evenings and reading!!!! I look forward to the other courses that I plan on taking in the future. - Colonial Heights, Virginia

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Care Courses offers over 60 professional development courses and one non-credit training tutorial on the CDA process. All courses offer clock hours and an official mailed certificate of completion. The CDA tutorial does not offer clock hours or a certificate.

Care Courses' course tuition entitles one person to receive the clock hours granted by a course upon successful completion.  Bundle pricing covers tuition for all the courses included in a bundle.

To receive the CEUs and Clock Hours for a course, you must follow directions on written assignments and show comprehension of the course content. You must make 70% or better on all course quizzes. Less than 70% will result in trainer review and evaluation. If review indicates the need for discussion, you will be informed that you must speak with a trainer. You will be given a second chance to make 70% or better. Should you fail to do so, you will receive a letter indicating that you did not pass the course and may not retake the course for 12 months.

Clock hours and CEUs are documented on original Care Courses certificates of completion mailed through the US Post Office. All course formats receive an original mailed certificate. Once you have completed a course and submitted your answers to us you can expect to receive your certificate within 10 business days (depending on the grading & certificate option you choose).

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