Afterschool Essentials is an accelerated half-year program that Vermont Afterschool offers FREE for afterschool staff working in licensed afterschool programs. Two sessions are offered: one in Fall 2020 and one in Spring 2021. This virtual learning opportunity will benefit the newly hired professional working directly with children, those with limited experience, or a new program director who has not worked in this setting before.

Afterschool Essentials participants bring varied experiences and backgrounds, and look to gain a greater understanding of the field. This program covers a full range of topics, including school-age child development, program development, health and safety issues, partnerships with families, inclusion, and cultural diversity.

For 2020-2021, the program content will be delivered virtually and include three Zoom meetings with the cohort, 11 online learning modules with the Youth Development Institute, self-study, and consultation with a coach.

NOTE: Those who complete the full course will also be eligible for the Afterschool Foundations Certificate.

Fall 2020 Dates: October 13, November 10, December 8 (exact times TBD with Zoom links sent to registered participants in advance)
Requirements: Participants must have access to the internet and be comfortable using Zoom for meetings
Cost: Free for those working in licensed programs and school-age care hubs
Registration: Email Tricia to sign up