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ASE 255: Introduction to After School Care and Education

Course Description

This course will focus on an overview of the knowledge and skills necessary to implement a developmentally appropriate after school program for children ages five through twelve. This course examines established quality standards and best practices and their practical application to daily program practices. Topics covered include child development, social/emotional climate, health and safety, physical environment, curriculum planning, and program management in after school care. (3 credits)

Prerequisite

  • None

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  1. Understand how children from 5 to 14 years of age develop physically, emotionally and cognitively and how to apply this knowledge to program practice.
  2. Identify and describe established quality standards and best practices in after school care, and illustrate the process of applying quality standards to developmentally appropriate daily program practices.
  3. Health and Safety: students will understand how to create environments that foster good health and safety practices.
  4. Social/Emotional Climate: students will gain an understanding of the variety of human relationships in after school programs including relationships between children/children, staff/children, staff/staff, and staff/families.
  5. Physical Environment: students will become competent in designing indoor and outdoor environments that enable children to be independent and explore their interests.
  6. Curriculum Planning: students will be able to plan and implement indoor and outdoor program activities that reflect developmentally appropriate practices and quality standards.
  7. Program Policies: students will be able to understand the importance of developing and maintaining administrative policies and procedures to ensure program effectiveness and standards of quality.
  8. Professionalism: students will understand what it means to be a professional in after school care and develop a plan for continual and ongoing professional development.
  9. Identify and become familiar with online and print resources relating to after school care.
  10. Discuss and evaluate issues relating to the field of after school care.

General Education Outcomes (GEOs)

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Course Activities and Grading

Assignments

Weight

Discussions (20 pts. Weeks 1-8)

35%

Written papers (100 pts. Weeks 1, 2, 3, 5, 6 & 7)

20%

Portfolio Assignments (100 pts. Weeks 1-8)

25%

Midterm Paper (Week 4)

10%

Final Paper (Week 8)

10%

Total

100%

Required Texts

(All materials are available free online.)

Additional Resources

Course Schedule

Week

SLOs

Readings and Exercises

Assignments

1

2,9,10

Overview of the “generational perspective” on after school programs, introduction to ERE – environment, relationships and experiences, foundations and principles of out-of-school time.

Reading:

 
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Submit Reflection Paper
  • Submit Week 1 Portfolio Assignment

2

1,2,4

Supporting school-age children’s development and fostering a positive social-emotional climate in after school programming

Reading:

  • Chapter 2 (pp. 19-34)
  • Chapter 10 (pp. 129-146)
  • Lecture Notes
  • CT Best Practice Guidelines - relationships
  • NAA Core Knowledge and Competencies for Afterschool and Youth Professionals. - Content Areas 1, 4 & 5: “Child/Youth Growth & Development” and “Interactions with Children and Youth” and “Youth Engagement”
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Submit Observation Assignment
  • Submit Week 2 Portfolio Assignment
32,3,6,7,9,10

Health, Safety and Wellness in the after school setting

Reading:

  • Textbook, Chapter 3: pp. 35-48
  • Lecture Notes
  • CT Best Practices Guidelines (draft) Section #5 Safety, Health and Nutrition, Standards #21-27
  • NAA Core Competencies - Content Area 8 - Health and Wellness.
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Submit Reflection Paper
  • Submit Week 3 Portfolio Assignment

4

1,2,5

Program Planning and Environment

Reading:

  • Chapter 4 (pp, 49-62)
  • Chapter 5 (pp, 63- 76)
  • Lecture Notes
  • CT Guidelines for Best Practices
  • NAA Core Knowledge and Competencies and Self-Assessment Tool
  • CICK Resource Guide: Creating Quality School-Age Child Care Space
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Submit Week 4 Portfolio Assignment
  • Submit Midterm Paper

Midterm Paper

Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 10

SLOs 1-6, 9 & 10

5

1,2,4,9

Creating a Sense of Community and Promoting Positive Behavior

Reading:
  • Textbook Chapter 6 - pp. 77-78
  • Lecture Notes
  • Casel 2013 – Guide to Effective Social-Emotional Programs: Pages 9-11
  • CT Guidelines for Best Practices
  • NAA Core Knowledge and Competencies and Self-Assessment Tool
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Submit Reflection Paper
  • Submit Week 5 Portfolio Assignment

6

1, 2, 6, 9, 10

Curriculum Planning - opportunities for learning and growth experiences

Reading:

  • Textbook Chapter 7 – pp. 89-100
  • Lecture Notes
  • CT Guidelines for Best Practices
  • Content Area 2: Learning Environments and Curriculum: NAA Core Knowledge and Competencies and Self-Assessment Tool
  • "The Quality of School-Age Child Care in After-School Settings” from Research Connections by Priscilla Little of the Harvard Family Research Project.
  • Articles from Learning Point Associates on Expanded Learning Opportunities (ELO)
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Submit Reflection Paper
  • Submit Week 6 Portfolio Assignment
7
2,4,7

Staff collaboration, creativity and communication. Working with families, host facilities, and community resources

Reading:

  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Submit Reflection Paper
  • Submit Week 7 Portfolio Assignment
88,9,10

Professionalism and Ethics

Reading:

  • Lecture Notes
  • National After School Association Code of Ethics
  • NAA Core Knowledge and Competencies for Afterschool and Youth Development Professionals
  • NAA Core Knowledge and Competencies Self-Assessment Tool
  • CT Guidelines for Best Practices in After School Programs
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Submit Week 8 Portfolio Assignment
  • Submit Final Paper

Final Paper

Chapters 6, 7, 8 & 9

SLOs 1-10

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