This training series is designed to provide out-of-school time staff with a strong foundation and accurate understanding of developmental concepts and how these concepts are manifested in children and youth of particular ages. This foundation will be used to facilitate staff’s ability to work effectively with children of diverse ages and plan and carry out developmentally appropriate and supportive activities.
This module supports participants in exploring how to build positive, meaningful relationship with children and youth, in order to plan programs that best meet their needs and support the development of social-emotional skills and character building.
During this training, participants will learn about effective and dynamic communication tools, strategies to check for understanding, and activities that engage young people in communication to support their social-emotional development and character building.
During this training, participants will learn about the qualities of healthy self-esteem and some strategies for supporting young people as they develop positive self-esteem.
This training will give participants an understanding of the importance of working with children/youth to develop interpersonal skills, social awareness and teach them practical strategies for supporting this development.
During this training, participants will discuss what it means to be professional in the world of afterschool and learn how to support the families of the children and youth that they serve.
During this training, participants will develop strategies for observing children/youth and how to use those observations to understand behavior and develop appropriate programming.
During this training, participants will learn the importance of meeting the social-emotional and developmental needs of children and youth, and strategies to make sure that their needs are being met.
During this training, participants will deepen their understanding of physical, cognitive, and social-emotional developmental trends and how to determine whether activities are developmentally appropriate for different age groups.