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Diverse, Prepared Staff Including Certificated Educators

Quality 21st CCLC programs recruit and retain high quality staff and volunteers who are focused on creating a positive and engaging learning environment. Staff members are diverse in their backgrounds and are representative of the student population that is served in the program. Ongoing professional development is provided based on identified staff needs.


Afterschool Alliance: Afterschool Webinars
Learn from experts and fellow practitioners on the latest in afterschool, including program funding, research and analysis, practical guides, and how to’s.

Better Kid Care (Penn State Extension)
Better Kid Care’s online modules provide a great orientation for youth programs. All On-Demand modules are free, however there is a $5.00 fee for certificate of completion.

Click2Science PD
Developed by University of Nebraska Extension and the NOYCE Foundation
The Click2Science website provides STEM professional development resources for out-of-school time program providers including staff development guides, self-directed web lessons and webinars.

GetConnected Nebraska Afterschool Conference
This annual conference provides an opportunity to learn more about planning and implementing a quality afterschool or summer program. Sessions offered target a variety of audiences including program leaders, staff, teachers, administrators, community partners and others interested in afterschool and summer learning opportunities for children and youth.

National Afterschool Alliance (NAA)
The mission of the National Afterschool Alliance is to foster development, provide education, and encourage advocacy for the out-of-school-time community. NAA provides publications, resources, and services that reflect best-practice thinking of the profession.

Nebraska’s Core Competencies for School Age and Youth Development Professionals
February 2015
Core Competencies are what all adults who work with children and youth need to know, understand and be able to do to support children an youth’s development, learning, and success in school and in life. Core Knowledge and Core Competencies provide a broad categorization of knowledge, skills, and attributes that apply across all roles in the school-age and youth development field.

You for Youth, US Department of Education (Y4Y)
The focus of Y4Y is on learning and professional development for every staff member at every level of 21st CCLC programs. Resources include webinars and implementation guides focused on topics relevant to afterschool programs such as project-based learning, family engagement, and aligning your program to the school day.