This document examines the issues and barriers associated with labour force development in after school recreation programs and identifies the promising practices that may assist in addressing them.
Methodology: A literature review of labour force development practices particularly in the area of after school programs was conducted. This included an examination of the current training programs at post-secondary institutions for child care workers, and a review of the incentive system implemented in Alberta to support the labour market needs of early childhood development and child care workers and interviews with key informants.
Additionally, interviews and a review of web-based information was completed examining two Alberta-based post-secondary institutions to determine the degree of youth-focused content that is provided in child and youth care courses, as well as other coursework that might prepare professionals for working in an after school setting.
Alberta Recreation and Parks Association