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After-School Programs

Before-school and after-school programs are designed for children who need only a few hours of care during weekdays. Typically, these children are in primary grades (1 through 6) and need supervision before school starts or after it is over. These programs may be in private homes, schools, youth centers such as the YMCA, churches, or child care centers where younger children spend the entire day.

Some states license before-school and after-school programs. All staff of these programs, such as child care providers, cooks, and housekeepers, are usually required to have completed certain types of training.

Most after-school programs offer a wide variety of activities for children of all ages and interests. Some programs offer special activities, such as gymnastics. You can learn about what is offered in your area by talking with other parents and contacting local child-related organizations. Another good resource is Afterschool Alliance (www.afterschoolalliance.org.)

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerSusan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics
Specialist Medical ReviewerJohn Pope, MD - Pediatrics
Last RevisedSeptember 14, 2012

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: September 14, 2012
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

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