School Age

Having school age children is both exciting and exasperating.  Those cute cuddly preschoolers are searching for ways to be more independent and develop deeper relationships with their peers. They want to feel accepted in their group, but they also need clear family expectations and to understand their boundaries. “Growing up” is a process and we are here to support you.

This section of our website is full of School Age resources for those who have or care for school age children. We hope you will come back often to explore new activities and information.


Want to improve the quality of your school age program? First ask yourself a few questions. Do the children have to sit and do their homework before they play? Do the adults make up all of the rules? If you answered yes to either question, we may have some tips to help you. Quality school age care shouldn’t just replicate school. It is a valuable time in which children need to socialize, develop friendships and learn how to solve their own problems. Try finding opportunities for children to work together on a project, play a structured game and decide what the rules should be.


4-C offers a number of training classes exclusively for school age staff.  Click here to view our current training opportunities.


The nation’s leading voice for afterschool, the Afterschool Alliance is the only organization dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of afterschool programs and advocating for more afterschool investments. The Afterschool Alliance works with the Administration, the U.S. Congress, governors, mayors and advocates across the country.

The National AfterSchool Association is the leading voice of the afterschool profession dedicated to the development, education, and care of children and youth during their out-of-school hours. NAA is the membership association for professionals who work with children and youth in diverse school and community-based settings to provide a wide variety of extended learning opportunities and care during out-of-school hours. is a one-stop website connecting the public, and particularly afterschool providers, to federal resources that support children and youth during out-of-school time. A great range of resources is included on, including issues that face America’s youth, and information about starting and operating an afterschool program. includes resources from a variety of federal agencies, including a searchable database of federal funding sources. 

The SAS Consumers Guide contains reviews of high-quality, hands-on science content for afterschool programs. Materials include semester and year-long curricula, activity kits, instructor guides consisting of many related activities, and Web sites that offer content appropriate for afterschool programs. Users of this guide are able to search and sort entries by title, subject, grade level, target audience, and cost.

The Naked Scientists are a media-savvy group of physicians and researchers from Cambridge University who use radio, live lectures, and the Internet to strip science down to its bare essentials, and promote it to the general public.

Science IDEAS is an instructional model designed to accelerate student achievement in science, reading comprehension and writing. Developed over the past two decades as an interdisciplinary, knowledge-based model, Science IDEAS integrates reading comprehension and writing within daily, two-hour, instructional blocks focusing on in -depth science instruction that replaces traditional basal reading/language arts instruction.

The Thinkfinity partnership provides free, Internet-based content across academic disciplines. Science NetLinks’ role is to provide a wealth of standards-aligned resources for K-12 science educators, including lesson plans, interactives and reviewed Internet resources.

The Exploratorium isn’t just a museum, it’s an ongoing exploration of science, art, and human perception—a vast collection of online interactives, web features, activities, programs and events that feed your curiosity.

Michigan Reach Out! is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that trains and promotes mentors working with youth to provide educational and career exploration opportunities both inside and outside the classroom.

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