Vermont Afterschool partners with the Child Development Division (CDD) to offer FREE 3-credit, online courses for afterschool professionals through the Community College of Vermont (CCV). This is a tuition-free opportunity for those who are currently working in a regulated childcare setting.

For questions on courses and registration, please contact Tricia Pawlik-York at or 802-448-3464. Course size is limited to 15 and students must register through Vermont Afterschool (NOT CCV).

FALL 2020 COURSE: Introduction to Afterschool Education (EDU 1320)

This course engages students in an exploration of the growing field of afterschool age care and education. This course provides students with an understanding of the history of the afterschool field and examines the skills and training that are needed to successfully develop and administer high-quality programming in afterschool settings. Topics include: history of the afterschool age education and the core competency areas for professionals, including child and youth development, health and safety, program organization and professional development, family and community, and teaching and learning.

  • Discuss the history and philosophy of afterschool education and why it is important in the context of child and community development.
  • Apply the major aspects of child and youth development to afterschool education settings and other diverse programs.
  • Develop a program design for an afterschool educational setting that reflects the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development of youth.
  • Perform a self-assessment using the core competencies and best practices in afterschool education within the State of Vermont for early childhood and afterschool professionals.
  • Using research, develop an electronic portfolio that documents one’s professional history, program philosophy, and curricular design for an afterschool setting.

Semester Dates: September 8, 2020 – December 21, 2020
Instructor: Jannice Ellen
How to register: This course is full and no longer accepting new students.

SPRING 2021 COURSE: Afterschool Education & Development of the School-Age Child (EDU 2065)

This course focuses on afterschool education related to the development of school age children. Emphasis is on exploring the interconnections between child/youth development, the transition to and participation in school, and growth within a community context. Topics include: developmental theories and research, observation and assessment tools, design of inclusive integrated curriculum, understanding school and community in the context of youth development, and transitions related to providing afterschool education.

  • Research major theories and theorists connected with child and youth development and identify how they connect to states of development, theories of play, socialization theory and school beginnings, scaffold learning theory, peer relations, and asset development.
  • Define developmental domains and milestones for children ages 5-12 including the physical, cognitive, social and emotional areas as they connect to language development, socialization, and problem-solving skills.
  • Conduct observations and documentation of children/youth by using tools for developmental assessment relevant to personality, temperament, and learning styles.
  • Summarize the biological and environmental influences and their impact on child/ youth development including current brain research.
  • Design a developmentally appropriate, asset-based, and culturally inclusive curriculum plan for all youth ages 5-12 including those identified with special needs.
  • Create tools to support healthy transitions for youth to other learning environments (e.g. special education services, elementary school, middle school) and outline a plan for communicating and implementing these tools with supporting families.
  • Analyze relationships between youth and school or community including peer relations, social and school systems, and family systems.

Semester Dates: TBD
Instructor: Gabrielle Lumbra
How to register: Email Tricia Pawlik-York to sign up.

Marlboro College, Certificate in Nonprofit Management

10 day-long workshops focusing on a variety of topic areas, including: leadership skills, fundraising, grantseeking, marketing, strategic planning, financial management, human resources, and board development. Classes held in two locations in both fall and spring. Tuition is $1500, with various scholarships available. For more information, see the following: Certificate in Nonprofit Management.