Summer learning, afterschool, and other out-of-school time programs are bringing on new staff who need foundational understandings in the Core Competencies. In response to this need, we are offering the FREE Boot Camp Basics virtual training series with 13.5 hours of skill-building workshops to help programs in their orientation of new staff.

  • You can register for the entire series or select individual trainings.
  • Our “real-time” online trainings are approved by Northern Lights during this time. Your attendance will be submitted to BFIS.
  • Trainings will be delivered through Zoom. It is strongly suggested that you use a device (computer or phone) with a webcam.  If you don’t have access to one, you can call in. 
  • You must pre-register as spots are limited.
  • The Boot Camp Basics Series will be offered FREE for staff at afterschool, summer learning, and other third space programs serving school-age youth.
  • If you have any questions, please reach out to Nicole Miller at or 802-448-3464.

1. Basic Specialized Care | April 13, 2021 (9 a.m. – 3 p.m.)
Basic Specialized Care (BSC) is a 6-hour training designed for child care professionals working in regulated child care programs or schools, with children who are at risk or have special needs, and their families.

2. Child Development K-5 | May 5, 2021 (5:30-7 p.m.)
An overview of child development for grades K-5, this workshop will provide background information on development ages and stages of the social, emotional, physical and intellectual domains. Tips, activities and resources for how to plan and implement afterschool activities that are developmentally appropriate will be reviewed.

3. Active Learning and Incorporating Youth Voice | May 13, 2021 (5:30-7 p.m.)
Active learning and youth voice involve much more than giving out some materials and listening respectively. In this workshop we’ll cover active learning by explaining the role it plays in the experiential learning cycle and helping participants create more powerful learning opportunities for youth. And we’ll also cover youth voice by building your understanding of what youth voice can be and also showing you how you can infuse it into every aspect of your program and organization.

4. Building Relationships with Families | May 20, 2021 (5:30-7 p.m.)
This workshop will give participants the opportunity to explore their opinions about parenting and family diversity and learn about the stages of parenting. Participants will have time to discuss/role-play how to handle a variety of scenarios related to interactions with families accessing a youth program. The Families and Communities section of STARS will be reviewed and attendees will leave with a draft of a yearly plan that may increase family engagement in their program.

5. Vital Connections for SEL | June 1, 2021 (5:30-7 p.m.)
Relationship is the foundation for all we do with children. It’s via our connection that we can nurture children in their development over time and care for them now. Just as we support children’s intellectual and physical growth, children also need support for their social and emotional growth. This workshop describes the vital relationship at the center of youth work and the most essential daily SEL support.

6. Professionalism/Building Your IPDP | June 8, 2021 (5:30-7 p.m.)
This workshop will highlight the importance of being professional in a school-age child care setting. Participants will learn tips on maintaining professional boundaries, as well as master how to create a professional Individual Professional Development Plan.