School-age care is care that is provided for children from 5 to 11 years of age. This type of care can be found in a public or private school setting, as well as in recreation centers or child care centers. There is usually one director and a staff of teachers, all trained in school-age care and related activities. Group sizes are determined by state regulations, and programs are licensed by individual states. Most programs run on a school-year calendar. Some also offer vacation, holiday care and summer programs.
School-age care is also often offered in Family Child Care Homes. The care may be found along the school bus route, so that the child can take the bus from the provider's home to and from school.
School-age care can be provided in the afternoon (after school hours) and in the mornings (before school begins). In some cases, transportation and meals are provided as well.
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