The Vermont Afterschool Professional Credential recognizes individuals with some experience working in Afterschool settings.
It recognizes that afterschool professionals have the knowledge and skills to:
- Maintain a safe and healthy environment for schoolage children.
- Incorporate educational experiences into the out-of-school hours.
- Support social and emotional development and provide positive guidance to children.
- Establish positive relationships with families and the community.
- Ensure a well-run, purposeful program that is responsive to the needs of the participants.
- Maintain a commitment to professionalism.
Candidates submit a completed application with:
- Documentation of 500 hours of work experience in school age programs,
- Transcript showing they completed two 3-credit, on-line Afterschool courses at CCV: (1) Introduction to After school Education & Care and (2) Development of the School-Age Child.
NOTE: Vermont Afterschool, Inc. contracts with the Community College of Vermont to offer these two courses online, at no charge to eligible professionals working with school age children. Contact them to learn more.
- A professional portfolio which includes recommendation letters, a self-assessment and other documentation
- Documentation of 46 additional training hours in the Core Competency areas, broken down as follows:
- Curriculum & Learning Environment (16 hours)
- Families & Community (6 hours)
- Healthy & Safe Environments (6 hours)
- Professionalism & Program Organization (6 hours)
- Electives (12 hours – candidate chooses how to distribute hours across Core Competency areas)
When you are awarded the credential, you may also receive a Recognition Bonus from the Child Development Division.