LS R-7 Before- and After-School Services curriculum and training meets Bi-State Core Competencies

// Posted By Janie Rohlfing

The Lee’s Summit R-7 Before- and After-School Services is one of a select number of programs meeting the Core Competencies for Early Childhood and Youth Development Professionals. This framework includes eight content areas which include children with various ethnic, linguistic and socioeconomic backgrounds as well as diverse needs and abilities.

The content areas are child and youth growth and development, learning and environment and curriculum, observation and assessment, families and communities, health and safety, interactions with children and youth, program planning and development, and professional development and leadership.

The mission for BASS “is to provide support to families by caring for their children during out of school time in a safe, nurturing, fun and educational environment.”  The program focuses on safety, interactions, guidance and positive relationships with children, age appropriate engaging activities and curriculum as well as continued professional development and leadership of staff.  

Professional development for the BASS employees  includes Safe Schools; CypherWorx: School-age Certificate Series training modules, endorsed by the National Afterschool Association; and additional training in the basics of behavior support and interventions by R-7 autism and behavior specialists, leadership, CPR and First Aid, Conscious Discipline (pre-kindergarten) and Behavior Intervention Support Team.

Activities and lesson plans in BASS focus on a variety of age-appropriate interest areas, STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), health and safety, community service, creative arts and physical activity.  For more information or to enroll in the program, please contact the BASS office at 816-986-3440 or visit the website at

Meadow Lane Elementary BASS students with their homemade bubble wands.

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