Youth Development Programs extend care for youth between Grades 3 – 6. This program is designed to engage students in physical activity, social/cooperative games, drama, visual arts and more. Our Youth Development Program has access to many school spaces including the gym, library, classrooms and computer labs. The program is operated by WRDSB or licensed child care providers on behalf of WRDSB at designated locations.

Fees and Providers

Check with your Youth Development provider regarding policies for PD Days, staggered entry, March break, and the non-statutory days during winter break.

View rates and operators by school.

Sample Routine: 3:30 to 6:00 p.m.

(snack offered by the provider)

Activity Positive Youth Development What the participant does What the staff does
Independent exploration of program materials. Encourages personal and social development. Interact and engage in small group activities (e.g, playing co-operative board games, working on collaborative art projects). Supervises the arrival of youth from classrooms. Use strategies to help youth make friends. Introduces new participants, organize games and activities so youth are encouraged to interact. Challenge the group to work together for common goals.
Gross motor activities outside. Provides opportunity for choice. Helps to set up equipment or games in the gym (e.g, musical hoops). Plans age appropriate activities that draw on interests in the group. Leads co-operative games.
Self-selected reading. Provides opportunity for choice. Chooses and reads materials. Supports the growth and development of social skills.
Group experiences (e.g, drama, music, poetry). Provides opportunities for interaction with peers and creative expression. Chooses from a variety of activities (e.g, charades, homework, drawing, writing). Leads co-operative games. Supports the growth and development of social skills.
Preparation to go home.  Encourages personal and social development. Helps tidy the classroom. Communicates with parents. Facilitates the tidying up of the classroom or other school area.

* this document was created by Norma Ewing (Conestoga College) and 3rd party providers.