Quality School-Age Child Care
The foundation for the Camp Fire USA KIDS CARE school-age child care program is the 36 standards for quality child care developed by the National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST) and the National Afterschool Alliance. These standards provide a baseline for quality, and offer the reassurance that our program is committed to providing a unique and developmentally appropriate learning experience for each child.
Components of the KIDS CARE curriculum include arts and crafts, drama and music, hands-on science, cooking, construction, dramatic play, sports, and community service. The daily schedule at KIDS CARE involves children in activities that are indoor and outdoor, quiet and active, large-group and small-group, large-muscle and small-muscle, child-initiated and staff-directed. A variety of simultaneous activities allow children to make choices based on their individual needs and interests. In KIDS CARE, children of all ages learn by doing and having fun!
Parents play an important role in their child’s experience with Camp Fire. We encourage parents to have daily contact with staff to share information on their child, learn about their child’s activities and experiences, and exchange ideas. Flyers and other materials are available in the Parents Center in each KIDS CARE site.
At the heart of all Camp Fire programs is our staff. After successfully passing a background investigation and a thorough reference check, Camp Fire staff receive 12 hours of training before assignment to a site. Additionally, all Camp Fire staff are First Aid, Blood Borne Pathogens, and CPR Certified.