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School-Age Child Care:
Resources for Out-of-School Time Programming

All local communities throughout Nebraska owe it to the children of their community to provide safe, educational, and fun places to spend hours outside of school time. School-age programs are a critical link to helping children become successful adults by keeping children safe and by providing supervised, structured activity as well as educational tutoring. Along with traditional before-and-after-school programs, some communities in Nebraska have 21st century community learning centers. A community school is a place where an integrated focus on academics, services, supports and opportunities leads to improved student learning, stronger families, and healthier communities.

If your community does not have a program for out-of-school time, don't give up! Residents and parents in partnership with schools and other organizations have created many after school programs. If you are looking for information on how to start a school-age program, how to fund a program, or how to use criteria for developing and implementing a high quality program, the Early Childhood Training Center has resources that may help you find the answers to your questions. Our media collection has books to help you with activities for the children as well as ideas for staff development and much more.

If you need further assistance we welcome your questions. You can reach Jessica La Chere, Child Care Information Specialist, at 1-800-89-CHILD or jessica.lachere@nebraska.gov or Mary Beth Pistillo at 402-557-6893 or marybeth.pistillo@nebraska.gov.

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