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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-23N9 Online Course English80.8 $44.00

Please note: This course is currently offered only in the online course format.

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: Must be able to fluently read and write English.

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 just completed the School Age class and LOVED IT! I was excited to see a class that was geared to the children I work with. I have worked as a teacher / Director in an afterschool program for 22 years and this is the first class I have saw that isn't for preschool. I would love to see more of these classes, It has helped me in many ways. THANK YOU SO MUCH! I have also shared the information with other site directors in hope they would look into taken this course.  -  Maryville, Tennessee

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 currently offers over 60 professional development courses and one non-credit training tutorial on the CDA process. All courses offer clock hours and an official online certificate of completion. The free 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 adhere to and sign our honor code, 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.

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