The Registry Afterschool & Youth Development Credential


This credential is designed for any professional working in an out-of-school-time program for children between the ages of five through twelve.


Caring for and enriching the lives of school-age children beyond the school day requires a unique set of skills that combines and crosses many professional disciplines and is grounded in an understanding of the growth and development of children. Through the four courses of this credential, the school-age program director and group leader will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively guide and facilitate the learning experiences of the children in their care.


Registry Credentials are offered by accredited higher education institutions located throughout Wisconsin. Call your local technical college or university for more information. The following is a list of colleges and universities throughout Wisconsin that offer this Credential:

Course Information:

Each course is three credits.  Course descriptions are as follows:

Find Afterschool & Youth Development Credential courses on The Registry Statewide Training Calendar

Course One: Foundations in Afterschool and Youth Development *

This first course provides an overview of the knowledge and skills individuals need to care for school-age children ages five through twelve in a group setting. It will provide a foundation for the importance of out-of-school-time programs and explore the philosophy and goals for high quality programs. The course is based on an understanding of the principles of child growth and development. It provides an overview of the rules and regulations governing group care for school-age children and the responsibilities of the providers.

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

Course Two: Engaging Youth in Groups

This course explores the dynamics of working with children in group settings. It looks at the development of relationships between staff and children, between peers and how a working knowledge of children supports their engagement and informs strategies for positive behavior guidance.

Course Three: Intentionality in Programming

This course focuses on the learning environment and curricular models within an informal learning environment. It will explore the role and methods for informal observation and recording as it is used in identifying the needs and interests of the children. It will explore lesson planning that is intentional, scaffolds learning and addresses core standards.

Course Four: Capstone - Site Programming and Operations

This course will deepen the understanding of creating a comprehensive program and will explore the use of self and program assessment tools. It will look at the importance of developing partnerships with the family, school and community and the meaning of professionalism. It will look at risk management from the perspective of the health, safety and well-being of the children.Prerequisites: Courses 1 through 3 of the Afterschool & Youth Development Credential course sequence.