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School Age Care


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School-age care refers to all programs that operate before school, after school, and during the summer and holiday breaks. Structured time in a school-age program can offer children opportunities to make friends, develop relationships with adult role models, and build self-esteem and conflict resolution skills.


Not all school-age programs require a license from the Department of Early Learning (DEL), including programs that are run by parks and recreation programs. Child Care Check: Washington State's Licensed Child Care Information System can help families determine if a program has a DEL license.


In many communities, there is a variety of school-age programs.
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Choosing a school-age program is an important decision for you and your child.
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School’s Out Washington is a statewide nonprofit organization that provides services and guidance for organizations to ensure all young people have safe places to learn and grow when they are not in school.
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