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. It is designed to meet the needs of the professional with limited experience in the afterschool setting.

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: Afterschool Essentials will benefit the newly hired professional working directly with children, or a new program director who has not worked in this setting before. This course meets some basic training requirements in the afterschool licensing regulations.

Fall 2020 Dates: October 13, November 10, December 8 (exact times TBD with Zoom links sent to registered participants in advance)
Requirements: $100 deposit with the fee refunded entirely for those who complete the course plus a $100 bonus to awardees who qualify; participants must have access to the internet and be comfortable using Zoom for meetings
Registration: Email Tricia to sign up