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School Age Initiative

The overall goal of this project is to improve the quality and increase the availability of licensed school age child care services in North Carolina.

Southwestern Child Development Commission leads the School Age Quality Improvement Project for Child Care Resource and Referral in North Carolina.  Linda Curtis is the Project's Education Specialist.  Linda can be reached at 828-443-4614 or by email (curtis.linda@swcdcinc.org).

The Statewide School Age Project was established in July 2004 through funding provided by the NC Division of Child Development & Early Education.  

The program has many services to offer to providers serving school age children.  The School Age Education Specialist provides on-site technical assistance with room arrangement, lesson planning, positive discipline techniques, transitional activities, age appropriate activities for both indoor and outdoor environments and other needs as specified by the individual programs and staff members.  On-site technical assistance can include consultation, coaching, mentoring and modeling and is designed individually to meet the needs of the provider.  The School Age Education Specialist is also available to provide some limited training in the region.   

In addition to the School Age Education Specialist, the School Age Project also has an School Age Quality Enhancement Specialist trained to provide a variety of professional development activities to meet the needs of school age providers across the state.  For a list of current trainings provided by School Age Project, click here.   To access information about events currently scheduled in your area or to register for an event, visit the SWCDC website at http://www.swcdcinc.org/

For more information on state and national quality school age child care resources, you can find more information here.