Explore the foundations of out-of-school time programs, and the philosophy and goals of high-quality programs for school age children in group settings with Child Care Education.

The courses in this credential will help you examine and identify the rules and regulations governing group care for school-age children, and the responsibilities for you as the educator.

You will focus on the skills and strategies that afterschool and youth development practitioners need to select and plan developmentally appropriate activities for experiential learning. You will also learn to facilitate the development of caring and trusting relationships with adults and peers.

To earn your Afterschool and Youth Development Credential, you will need to complete the following three-credit courses:

  1. Foundations in Afterschool and Youth Development*
  2. Engaging Youth in Groups
  3. Intentionality in Programming
  4. Capstone Course: Site Programming and Operations

*This course fulfills the 40-hour Introduction to the School-Age Care Profession course.


See the below options for what fits your status best:

New Students: To register for one of the above courses please apply to UW-Platteville as a special non-degree student.

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Continuing Students: To register for one of the above courses please log in to PASS, select your semester/term, select the subject “Early Childhood Education” (ECED), and select your course.

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After you are admitted as a special student, you will be able to register for your courses each semester. Please check the academic calendar to keep informed of important deadlines.


You can review your textbooks and:

  • Buy them online
  • Buy them from a bookstore
  • Check them out from your local library
  • Check them out from the Wisconsin Child Care Information Center