Vermont Afterschool partners with the Child Development Division (CDD) to offer FREE 3-credit, online courses for afterschool professionals through the Community College of Vermont (CCV). This is a tuition-free opportunity for those who are currently working in a regulated child care setting. This opportunity is made possible because of a grant from the Child Development Division of the Vermont Department of Children and Families.

For questions on courses and registration, please contact Tricia Pawlik at tricia@nullvermontafterschool.org or 802-448-3464. Course size is limited to 15 and students must register through Vermont Afterschool (NOT CCV).

Both of these classes are linked to the Afterschool and Youth Work Certificate, offered by the Community College of Vermont (CCV) as a way to help youth work professionals advance in their careers. We worked with CCV to develop this certificate, which can be completed fully online for a total of 24 credits.


FALL 2021 COURSE: Introduction to Afterschool Education (EDU 1320)

This course engages students in an exploration of the growing field of afterschool age care and education. This course provides students with an understanding of the history of the afterschool field and examines the skills and training that are needed to successfully develop and administer high-quality programming in afterschool settings. Topics include: history of the afterschool age education and the core competency areas for professionals, including child and youth development, health and safety, program organization and professional development, family and community, and teaching and learning.

  • Discuss the history and philosophy of afterschool education and why it is important in the context of child and community development.
  • Apply the major aspects of child and youth development to afterschool education settings and other diverse programs.
  • Develop a program design for an afterschool educational setting that reflects the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development of youth.
  • Perform a self-assessment using the core competencies and best practices in afterschool education within the State of Vermont for early childhood and afterschool professionals.
  • Using research, develop an electronic portfolio that documents one’s professional history, program philosophy, and curricular design for an afterschool setting.

Semester Dates: September 7 – December 17, 2021
How to register: Email Tricia to sign up


SPRING 2022 COURSE: Afterschool Education & Development of the School-Age Child (EDU 2065)

This course focuses on afterschool education related to the development of school age children. Emphasis is on exploring the interconnections between child/youth development, the transition to and participation in school, and growth within a community context. Topics include: developmental theories and research, observation and assessment tools, design of inclusive integrated curriculum, understanding school and community in the context of youth development, and transitions related to providing afterschool education.

  • Research major theories and theorists connected with child and youth development and identify how they connect to states of development, theories of play, socialization theory and school beginnings, scaffold learning theory, peer relations, and asset development.
  • Define developmental domains and milestones for children ages 5-12 including the physical, cognitive, social and emotional areas as they connect to language development, socialization, and problem-solving skills.
  • Conduct observations and documentation of children/youth by using tools for developmental assessment relevant to personality, temperament, and learning styles.
  • Summarize the biological and environmental influences and their impact on child/ youth development including current brain research.
  • Design a developmentally appropriate, asset-based, and culturally inclusive curriculum plan for all youth ages 5-12 including those identified with special needs.
  • Create tools to support healthy transitions for youth to other learning environments (e.g. special education services, elementary school, middle school) and outline a plan for communicating and implementing these tools with supporting families.
  • Analyze relationships between youth and school or community including peer relations, social and school systems, and family systems.

Semester Dates: TBD
How to register: Email Tricia to sign up


Certificate in Nonprofit Management + Fundraising and Development

  • Nonprofit Management Certificate Program The 80-hour series is Vermont’s only cross-sector introduction to nonprofit management. Built for new and existing nonprofit leaders, participants gain and refine the skills needed to strengthen their organizations and achieve their missions. 
  • Fundraising and Development Certificate Program Designed for small to mid-sized nonprofits,  this program for Executive Directors and other nonprofit staff members actively builds and improves fundraising capacity and skills in all areas of development. The program provides a collaborative learning environment consisting of interactive training, peer learning circles, and individualized coaching. Participants create a development plan for their organization as part of this program. We are in the process of planning Summer fundraising training this year.