Guiding Children’s Behaviors in After-School/School-Age Programs

This course explores our understanding of behavior guidance and how our experiences and philosophy influence how we guide the behavior of the children in after-school programs. Behavior management is approached from a positive, assets-based perspective. We look at the importance of building relationships with children, develop multiple strategies for dealing with challenging situations and explore the many techniques available to help children gain the skills to regulate and monitor their own behavior.

This course is offered in partnership with the Wisconsin After-School Network and the Marshfield Clinic Health System, proudly enriching the health of our communities. The MCHS & WAN receive generous support from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Wisconsin Department of Children and Families, and Supporting Families Together Association.

Benefits and Learning Outcomes

  • Explore how your own background, experiences and stress level influence the way you guide and discipline children
  • Understand our goal (teaching self-discipline and self-control)
  • Discuss the advantages of a child-centered vs. adult-controlled environment
  • Reinforce the relationships between growth and development, and learning styles and behavior


This is a course designed by WI DCF – School-Age YoungStar and requires DCF and Registry-approved trainers.

The course format is online and includes both live virtual sessions and instructor guided online work. Required readings and assignments MUST be completed prior to the first live virtual class.

To receive credit, participants must attend live virtual session and complete online readings and assignments in accordance with the class schedule.

Dates and locations to be announced.


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