CASP exists to foster a caring and compassionate community for children to recognize their significance, and purpose through learning, creativity, and fun in a safe environment during the hours after school.
The Albert Park/Radisson Heights Community After-School Program (CASP) provides children a safe, supervised, and accessible environment in the hours after school. Here are some examples of activities that are offered for the participants in CASP:
- Curriculum such as Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies (PATHS), ethnic awareness, environmental awareness, and cooperative games
- Recreational time that helps support learning in teamwork, conflict resolution, and positive social interactions
- Literacy and homework help
- Eating a healthy snack each day
- Cooking, kitchen safety and nutrition
- Activities that include art, science, drama and dance
- Experiencing other cultures through food, the arts, and learning about their lifestyle.
CASP staff are paid, qualified, and trained to work with the children who attend the After-School Program. Within CASP, all staff must have a Police Security Clearance, and a Child Development Assistant (level 1) or a Child Development Worker (level 2) Certificate. Licensing regulations allow a maximum of six months for staff to obtain certification. Until they are certified they must not have unsupervised access to children. Staff also need to have a valid first aid certificate. Also each staff will go through orientation and attend related program training workshops each year they work for CASP.