Afterschool is a nationally recognized term for programs that supervise school-age children and youth between the ages of 5-18 years, outside of school hours. Afterschool programs are varied, and can include: home child care providers, community-based centers, schools, youth centers, recreation programs, 21st Century community learning programs, and others.
Afterschool professionals work with school age children and youth in Afterschool programs. The Afterschool field is diverse. They are volunteers, high school students, social workers, educators, artists, community members, sports coaches and others. They bring many different professional and educational experiences, both formal and informal.
Afterschool professional pathways and opportunities are based on the Vermont Core Competencies for Afterschool Professionals. They provide the framework for a flexible system of professional development opportunities.
The career pathway for afterschool professionals consists of three overlapping phases: Awareness, Developing and Achievement. Each phase includes training opportunities, reflection, and recognition which support professional growth.