Care for School-Age Children: Theory and Practice

I.     Course Prefix/Number: ECE 159

       Course Name: Care for School-Age Children: Theory and Practice

       Credits: 1 (1 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite


III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Short-term course explores concepts of school-age programs.  Content includes concepts and practical applications for designing appropriate environments for school-age children in before-school and after-school programs.

IV.   Learning Objectives

1.    Identify techniques for facilitation of play and activities with school age children, and develop skills in the use of these techniques.
2.    Develop knowledge of factors to consider when choosing and planning an activity with school age children, and develop skills in planning activities.
3.    Identify and use observation techniques to gain knowledge of school age children.
4.    Develop skills in building relationships with school age children, to further extend a school age program’s impact with its children.
5.    Review basic concepts of scheduling, developmental levels and environments as a foundation for the concepts covered in the course.

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

1.    What is school-age care and education and what role does it play in the ECE larger profession?
2.    Parent and provide connection – responsibilities, rights, cultural sensitivities and communication
3.    Developmental characteristics and needs of children school age children
4.    School age care and education programs – anti bias and family friendly approaches to program operations.
5.    Development of age appropriate activities, expectations and guidance techniques
6.    Setting up the indoor and outdoor environments to be appropriately stimulating and responsive to children.

VII.  Methods of Instruction

1.    Lecture
2.    Discussion
3.    Media Presentations
4.    Observation
5.    Hands on Activities

Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

1.    Reading
2.    Writing
3.    Oral Presentations

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

Varies by instructor.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Group Participation
Written report

XI.   Other Course Information

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at