Better Kid Care's On Demand Distance Education system (through the PennState Extension) provides professional development online anytime you are ready to learn! Get started using On Demand with a video tutorial, review the lesson listing, and read frequently asked questions.
Out-of-school-time leaders can have a unique impact on the science, technology, engineering, and math skills of school-age youth. Click2Science is a series of twenty (in English and Spanish) Skills to Make STEM Click and professional development materials designed to help front line staff facilitate STEM experiences.
10 online modules to support PYD practices based on the National Afterschool Association’s Core Knowledge and Competencies for Afterschool and Youth Development Professionals. 20 hours of professional development, available anytime, anywhere.
This lesson explores service learning for school age children and youth. Learn what service learning is and how it differs from community service. How can you implement service learning in your school age environment? Discover a variety of usable ideas for service learning activities to use with the children and youth in your care.
This lesson examines the benefits of developing community partnerships to start and maintain quality out-of-school time programs. This lesson provides ideas and strategies to assist providers in identifying and building supportive community partnerships that allow programs to maximize resources that can benefit children, families, the program and the community.
This lesson focuses on what you can do to build positive relationships with all children – even the ones who challenge you. Learn about temperament traits and how to use them as a tool to help you understand behavior and develop ideas to meet the needs and interests of children and youth.
One of the biggest challenges of programming is how to effectively keep youth engaged and supported in a group setting. One or two youth who aren't following the rules or don't want to participate in an activity can change your plans for the afternoon. Learn about positive guidance and how to use it as an important tool for making sure that all youth can benefit from your program.