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Professional Development Trainings

Each professional development training is devoted to specific objectives, activities and outcomes that will improve the quality of an afterschool and/or summer learning program.


Trainings at a Glance

For an up-to-date list of all trainings, click here.


Search by Core Competencies

Looking for a training based on a topic or theme? The Afterschool Core Competencies are a statewide system of common expectations that describe the knowledge and skills needed by professionals in the field. Vermont’s core competencies for early childhood and afterschool professionals are designed to overlap with the Vermont Agency of Education’s teacher licensing standards, and guide afterschool staff to develop the knowledge, attitudes and behaviors for a quality afterschool program.

Click on each link to see the trainings in each of the following core competency knowledge areas:

1. Child and Youth Development
Trainings designed to give staff the information they need to understand the characteristics, abilities, and needs of different age groups.

2. Healthy and Safe Environments
Trainings focusing on helping staff to create safe and supportive program environments address both the physical safety of the children and youth as well as their emotional well-being.

3. Families and Communities
Trainings focusing on building strong relationships with families and community partners in order to better support children and youth in the program.

4. Professionalism and Program Organization
Trainings designed for program managers and administrators. These focus on topics such as staff supervision and support, determining professional development needs, and other related topics.

5. Curriculum and Learning Environment
Trainings that help staff bring math, literacy, science, and the arts more fully into their program offerings.

Notes on core competencies as related to Vermont Afterschool’s Professional Development Trainings:

  • The first four afterschool core competencies are a priority for supporting staff in operating a safe and nurturing afterschool environment. Though evolving in best practices based on new research and trends, these trainings tend to remain intact over a longer period of time. These trainings can be either basic or advanced levels of learning.
  • The fifth core competency – Curriculum Enrichment – is an ever-changing list of training opportunities that will vary in demand depending on the interests, budget and geographic area of the program. Most will be offered at the basic level or provide opportunities for expanded learning through a regionally available a partnership training.
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