With the introduction and inclusion of the Common Core in Colorado, a number of After School programs in the State are incorporating Literacy, Math, Science, and Library activities to further enhance their students learning.  After School programs in the State are beginning to see the benefits as the kids in the programs are returning to school the next day further ahead and better prepared for class.

While the products and materials for After School programs are not many, there is one exceptional company that has been producing quality, research based programs for over 25 years.  This company is Developmental Studies Center or DSC.   The programs they offer cover Science, Math, and Literacy with incorporation into non-state funded After School programs at the YMCA, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, and the After School Alliance.


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The After School KidzMath program (grades K–2 and 3–6) is a mathematics enrichment program designed specifically for out-of-school settings, though it is also successful in the classroom. It uses cooperative games and storybook-based activities to promote mathematical understanding and social development.

Children develop mathematical skills, gain confidence in their mathematical abilities, increase their enjoyment of mathematics, and improve their ability to work with others. The program, which is aligned with the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Standards, offers considerable support for after-school staff.


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The After School KidzLit program is a reading enrichment program designed specifically for use in out-of-school settings, though it is also successful in the classroom. It increases young people’s motivation to read and builds their literacy skills. At the same time, it develops core values of helpfulness, fairness, personal responsibility, and respect for others.

Leaders use a five-part process in which children hear engaging books read aloud—or read them independently—and make connections to their own lives. They express their feelings and grapple with big ideas through discussion, drama, art, movement, and writing. The program is aligned with the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) standards.


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After School KidzScience was developed in close collaboration with DSC by The Lawrence Hall of Science, the same organization that brought you GEMS. This unique partnership brings together the deep expertise in effective, inquiry-based science education from The Hall and DSC’s experience in developing and publishing after-school and in-school programs that promote children’s academic, ethical, and social development.

KidzScience Developed with NASAThe After School KidzScience program for grades 3–5 is designed specifically for out-of-school settings. This inquiry-based science program offers 15 kits: Green Science, Life Science, Physical Science, Forensic Science, and Earth/Space Science.



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