What To Pack For After School Programs

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If your child attends an after-school care program, you may be wondering what to pack for them each day. While every program is different, there are some general items that are usually allowed and encouraged. From Children’s World, the premier Greenville child care center, here’s what you’ll want to pack for your child’s after school programs.

An Organized Backpack

First and foremost, you’ll want to ensure that your child has a bag big enough to fit all of their belongings. If possible, choose a bag with multiple compartments so that everything can be well-organized. This is especially true if your child has any important medications, toys, or items that need to be easily accessible like an EpiPen. You may also want to label the bag with your child’s name and the name and contact information for the after school program. However, you may want these labels to be inside the bag rather than outside and visible to just anyone.

A Healthy Snack

After school programs can last for several hours, so you’ll want to make sure your child has a snack to hold them over until dinner. While many after school center prepare their own snacks and beverages for children, your child may prefer a snack from home. Make sure the snack is healthy and easy to eat – things like granola bars or fruit are always a good choice. Sticky, messy, snacks are to be avoided. Try packing disposable silverware with the snack to help keep their lunchbox clean!


Sometimes children get sick or have long-term illnesses, in fact, nearly 15 percent of children five and under are on some kind of prescription medication. If your child takes medication or has any medical conditions that the after school center should be aware of, be sure to send along any necessary information or supplies. You should also send along a change of clothes if your child has incontinence issues, or tends to get dirty or sweaty during their time at the after school programs.

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Packing for an after-school program doesn’t have to be complicated – just make sure you send your child with a few key items. A labeled bag, a healthy snack, a water bottle, medication (if necessary), and a change of clothes should cover everything they might need. With these items in tow, your child will be prepared for anything! Are you looking for after school programs? Children’s World is the premier Greenville child care center. To learn more about why you should choose our programs, visit our after school center website today!


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