School-age provider/teacher working with group of school-age children

School-age Provider

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Job Overview: A school age provider is an individual working with or on behalf of children ages 5 to 12 years old who are served in school age care settings. This can include providing breakfast and snack meals, supervising homework, tutoring, enrichment activities, planning appropriate field trips, and planning developmentally appropriate lesson plans and activities.

Places of Possible Employment:
 Childcare centers, before/afterschool programs, camps, and youth centers

Minimum Education & Requirements:

  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • High school diploma or its equivalent
  • BSAC (Basic School Age Care) Certificate- must be completed within 90 days of hire date
  • NC School Age Credentials (suggested)

Recommended Education1
Level 1: Includes knowledge and skills with minimal training and education

Level 2: Level 1 plus Youth Development Credential, certificate in youth development, or equivalent training/education

Level 3: Levels 1 and 2 plus an associate degree in Child or Youth Development or related fields

Level 4: Levels 1-3 plus a bachelor’s degree in Child or Youth Development or related fields

Level 5: Levels 1-4 plus an advanced degree in Child or Youth Development or related fields

Salary Range:  $17,490 – $54,780 per year
Professional Standards: In addition to the National Afterschool Association Code of Ethicsthe North Carolina Center for Afterschool Programs (NCCAP) defined Core Competencies under primary content areas related to job. Content Areas include1:

I. Child/ Youth Growth and Development

II. Learning Environment and Curriculum

III. Child/ Youth Observation and Assessment

IV. Families, Schools, and Communities

V. Health, Safety, and Nutrition

VI. Interactions with Children and Youth

VII. Program Planning

VIII. Professional Development and Leadership

Additional Resources:

National Afterschool Association

North Carolina Center for Afterschool Programs (NCCAP)


1Core Competencies. (n.d.). Retrieved Nov. 8, 2021 from Core-Knowledge-Skills-Competencies-for-OST-Professionals-2021-NC-1.pdf (

2National Afterschool Association Code of Ethics for Afterschool Professionals (2016). Retrieved June 11, 2021 from


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