Network Conferences & Workshops

Whether you’re looking for general training or something very specific, the Network is the place to go for conferences and workshops. Each year we offer lots of opportunities for people who work with children and youth to get the training they need to run high-quality programs, including:

→ Download a copy of our 2016-2017 Professional Development Catalog.
→ See all our upcoming Network Training Events.

Questions about any of our training? Topics you’d like to have added? Please contact Ken Anthony, Director of Professional Development at 860-730-2942

Other National Conferences

In addition to the many Network offerings, here are some other possibilities you might be interested in attending:

First Fridays

On the first Friday of each month, after school educators come together with content experts in a friendly and engaging conversation about one key area of after school program quality.  Explore tools and strategies, try new activities and games, share ideas, and network with colleagues.  Join us for First Fridays, and leave inspired and equipped to make your program shine!

Location:  75 Charter Oak Avenue, Hartford
Time:  10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Member Fee:  $25
Non Member Fee: $50

Dates and Topics

  • October 7th – Creating a Forensics Club in Your Afterschool Program
  • November 4thHomework Time: Taming the Chaos
  • December 2ndGetting Ready for Winter
  • January 6thTransition Tips & Tricks
  • February 3rd – Tough Conversations: Working through Challenges with Parents and Peers
  • March 3rd – Does it Have to Feel Like School? Making Common Core State Standards Alignment Easy and Fun
  • March 7th – Tips & Tricks (SPECIAL) Snow Date: March 10th
  • April 7th – Creating Theater Magic in Your Program
  • May 5th – Making Memories: End-of-Year Celebrations that Matter
  • June 2ndTeaming Up with Parents & Caregivers

Questions about any of our training? Topics you’d like to have added? Please contact Ken Anthony, Director of Professional Development at 860-730-2942

Deep Dives

These intensive sessions blend fun, engaging content with a richer, more in-depth exploration of the most challenging issues facing after school program staff.  Join us as we go deep, building reflective practice and making best practices and inspiring ideas into realistic, feasible changes to your programs.  Build expertise and skill that will translate into improved outcomes for your children, families, and your programs!

Location:  75 Charter Oak Avenue, Hartford
Time:  9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Member Fee:  $50
Non Member Fee: $75

Dates and Topics

  • September 14thGames for Better Behavior
  • September 26th– When Staff Are Stuck: Coaching Staff Excellence in Your Program
  • October 14th – Anxiety: Diving Deeper
  • October 18thSTEM: Discovering the Joy of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math
  • November 29thBullying: Understanding and Halting the Cycle
  • December 5thCross Cultural Communication
  • January 9thTelling Your Story: Helping Others Understand the Value of Your Work
  • January 24th – Bullying: Understanding and Halting the Cycle
  • February 8thGrant Writing (Snow Date: Feb 15th)
  • April 19th Creating Aligned Interactions: Partnerships that Matter

Double Deep Dives

These deeper intensive sessions blend fun, engaging content with a richer, more in-depth exploration of the most challenging issues facing after school program staff.  Join us as we go deep, building reflective practice and making best practices and inspiring ideas into realistic, feasible changes to your programs.  Build expertise and skill that will translate into improved outcomes for your children, your families, and your program!  Food is not provided.  Feel free to bring coffee or snacks!

Location:  75 Charter Oak Avenue, Hartford
Time:  9:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Member Fee:  $110
Non Member Fee: $160

Dates and Topics

  • September 29thDe-Escalation: How to Respond to Defiant Children and Overwhelming Situations
  • October 24th – Literacy: Discovering the Joy of Reading, Writing, Listening, and Speaking
  • October 27th – Helping Children Overcome Trauma
  • December 16thBehavior Management: Building Positive Behavior and Strengthening Social & Emotional Skills
  • January 10th – De-Escalation: How to Respond to Defiant Children and Overwhelming Situations

Questions about any of our training? Topics you’d like to have added? Please contact Ken Anthony, Director of Professional Development at 860-730-2942

Frontline Foundations

This three-day training series prepares new afterschool staff with the essential skills they need to be a successful part of a high-quality afterschool and summer program team.  Six two-hour workshops in key areas will provide a foundation of knowledge, ideas, activities, and hands-on tools that will set any afterschool staff member up for excellence! A working lunch is provided.

Location:  Hartford
Time: 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Member Fee: $150 (3days) or $60 per day
Non Member Fee:  $225 (3 days) or $85 per day

Afterschool 101:  Essential Skills for Frontline Staff 

Workshop topics are:

September 21, 2016

  • Introduction to Youth Development
  • Basics of Behavior Management

September 22, 2016

  • Making Transitions Work
  • Fun and Enriching Games for Afterschool

September 23, 2016

  • Lesson Planning and Reflective Practice
  • Professionalism in Afterschool

Staff who start the year equipped with the competencies and skills they need are more likely to have a good experience and to create fun, positive, learning-rich environments for students.

Summer 101: Essential Skills for Frontline Staff 

Workshop topics are:

June 7, 2017

  • Introduction to Youth Development
  • Basics of Behavior Management

June 8, 2017

  • Making Transitions Work
  • Fun and Enriching Games for Summer Programs

June 9, 2017

  • Lesson Planning and Reflective Practice
  • Professionalism in Summer Programs

Staff who start the summer equipped with the competencies and skills they need are more likely to have a good experience and to create fun, positive, learning-rich environments for students.

Register here

Questions about any of our training? Topics you’d like to have added? Please contact Ken Anthony, Director of Professional Development at 860-730-2942

Supervisors Foundations –  Supervising 101

In the after school field we can come to the role of supervisor by many different paths.  We know that strong leadership is an essential ingredient in a high quality program.  It is with this in mind that we are offering a four-part course in youth development and leadership.  

Adapted from a time-tested model delivered by the Youth Development Training and Resource Center (YDTRC), this course is designed for new and aspiring supervisors as well as those interested in improving their skills.  Running from November  to February, participants will discuss fundamentals that will help make them more effective leaders.

Location:  Hartford
Time: 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Member Fee: $175 (4 days) or  $50/day
Non Member Fee: $275 (4 days) or $75/day

  • Youth Development (November 1) – How do we know if the programming we are offering children and youth is connecting with them in a positive and developmentally appropriate way? In this first Supervising 101 session, we will explore principles of youth development. A brief survey of relevant research on development will lay the foundation for participants to practice skills related to youth culture, building resiliency, and involving young people in programming and providing youth leadership opportunities.
  • Effective Strategies for Supervision (December 21) – One of the biggest challenges supervisors face is supervising staff effectively. When a new staff person takes on the leadership role the early days can be a blur of policy and procedure mixed with boundary testing by both children and subordinates alike. In the second Supervision 101 session, we will cover working with diverse staff, developing and leading staff, leadership styles, and self-care. Participants will take away a better understanding of how they lead and practice strategies that will empower others to help them lead.
  • Skill Building for Your Staff (January 5)  – Staff development is one of the essential components to creating a high quality after school program. Too often we attend trainings, go back to our programs energized, and try to translate learnings to staff only to have the result be short lived or have a binder that sits on a shelf. Teaching staff active learning techniques that allows for practice and refinement is the core of our third Supervising 101 session. We will discuss and practice the needed elements of effective communication, teamwork, boundary setting, appreciating children’s multiple intelligences, and being a motivational support for all staff.
  • Supervising 101: Leadership (February 7)  – With the daily buzz and duties of our programs supervisors often fail to think about their own leadership development, or more frequently do not see themselves as educational leaders. We often concentrate on our own programs and seldom have time or the ability to reach out and network with others doing similar jobs in other places. In this fourth and final Supervision 101 session, we will cover ways to strengthen individual connections to leadership including mentoring staff and being mentored as a leader, explore opportunities for interagency partnerships, identify community networks and possible local collaborators, and develop a strategic leadership plan to move your program to the next level.

Directors & Supervisors Mini-Conference

As directors and supervisors you are called upon daily to solve problems and put out fires. Too often your own  professional development and self-care takes a back seat to managing programs. We invite you to join us for our Directors and Supervisors Mini-Conference. This session is designed for afterschool professionals in a leadership position at the program or site level with. Throughout the day you will receive acquire skills, network with colleagues, and feel re-energized. Lunch will be provided.  Workshop co-sponsored by Sacred Heart University.

Date:  April 21, 2017
Location:  Hartford Office
Time: 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Member Fee: $60
Non Member: $85

Mini-Conference includes two workshops and a round table lunch.  Workshops will include:

Are You Ready? Learning to Define Your Role as a Supervisor in the Evolving Field of After School
As afterschool programs are called upon more often to help support children and family needs, the effective supervision and leadership of staff often takes a back seat to funder expectations and program goals and curriculum. How do we as leaders balance staff development with quality programming? Are there ways to empower staff and delegate responsibilities to develop their leadership potential? In this session, participants will discuss current issues they face in their programs related to this dilemma and come away rejuvenated with practical ideas they can apply.

Staff Engagement = Quality Programs
Are you/your staff engaged during the work day, or just “present”? This workshop will provide you with strategies and tools to help advance yourself or your staff from just being present, to being truly engaged while working in your programs. We will discuss what staff engagement looks like, how to achieve it, and how it will improve the overall quality of your program.

Questions about any of our training? Topics you’d like to have added? Please contact Ken Anthony, Director of Professional Development at 860-730-2942

Coaching & Learning for After School Professionals (CLASP)

This small, intensive, year-long leadership cohort will delve deep into the realm of Social Emotional Learning (SEL), exploring research and best practices, developing skills to assess, plan, and implement, building the skills to coach relevant improvements in their programs and staff, and learning to advocate with parents, schools, policymakers, and other stakeholders about the importance of intentional SEL in afterschool and beyond.

Due to the intensive nature of the CLASP experience, it is essential that participants plan to attend all four sessions. Upon successful completion of all four sessions, participants will become members of our elite CLASP alumni group, and will be invited to an annual reunion, may be invited to speak, train, or advocate on afterschool and summer, and will have a strong peer network to connect with as they implement their new expertise in their programs.

Member Fee: $475
Non Member Fee:  $600

Registration now closed!

Download a copy of the official CLASP flyer here.

*In order to get the most out of the learning experience, it is strongly recommended that participants commit to attending all sessions.

Locations: Date: Time:
West Haven Community House
227 Elm Street
West Haven, CT
November 17, 2016
January 26, 2016
March 23, 2017
May 25, 2017
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM


To register for CLASP, click here.

Questions about any of our training? Topics you’d like to have added? Please contact Ken Anthony, Director of Professional Development at 860-730-2942

“I attended Clasp for the first time this year and I cannot tell you how glad I am for the experience! The class was informative, and I had a chance to experience working with fellow after-school educators who understand the groundwork and programmatic challenges of the work. Dr. Ken Athonthy’s energy, commitment, vision, and information made the workshops incredible!” ~Tiana Brown

“CLASP is a unique experience and one I have never had with a grantor before. In addition to funding support, clasp allows for program directors to discuss what’s working, what’s not and share ideas with one another while receiving research-based solutions. This helps to enhance the afterschool experience for staff, students and families as a whole.” ~Wendy Gerbier

On-Site Trainings

Want to train all your staff on the same topic?
Have a specific training need you want to address?
We’ll bring the experts to you!

The Network provides professional trainers who provide a wide range workshops designed to enhance the skills of after school professionals statewide. With backgrounds covering a full spectrum of topics — health and nutrition, academia, art, music, administration and more — you’re sure to find the perfect fit for your staff! Popular training topics include:

  • Behavior Management
  • Children’s Issues (from ADHD to homework)
  • Games
  • Specific content areas (Literacy, Math, Science, Arts, Global Learning)
  • Linking academic content to programming
  • Project based learning
  • Social Skills
  • Program Management & Supervision

Additional training can be developed to meet the individual needs of your program. Fees begin at $75 per hour. Professional members of the Network receive a discount. To schedule a workshop or for additional information, please call the Network office at 203-483-1846,

→ View our Training & Consultation Services, by Topic.

→ Training Service Workshop Reservation Form (complete and email to


No time and no budget for training? How about free professional development at your desk? Free hour-long webinars are offered most months by a consortium of statewide after school networks. Our popular webinar series will continue during the 2016–17 school year. Check back from time to time for additional dates and topics!

Upcoming Webinars

Past Webinars


May 17th, 2016 – Community-wide Partnerships to Support Student Success
May 12, 2016Making the Case for Summer Learning& Global Learning
April 14, 2016Childhood Food Insecurity: What It Means, What It Looks Like, And What You Can Do About It
February 18, 2016Game Design in Afterschool Settings Watch the recording, download the slides and resources.
January 14, 2016Using Restorative Justice in Youth Programming View presentation here.


October 8, 2015 –21st Century Skill Building & Global Learning View presentation here.
May 28, 2015 –
The Legal Costs of Inclusion in After School and Summer Programs View presentation here.
May 13, 2015 –
Competency-Based Learning: From Curiosity to Career View presentation here.
May 8, 2015 – Social Media Outreach Strategies for OST Programs Webinar View slide presentation here.
April 9, 2015 –
Tinkering and the Intersection of Formal and Informal Learning Webinar View presentation here.
February 12, 2015 – Supporting LGBTQ Youth in After School Listen to the recording here. View slide presentation here.
February 3, 2015 –  Partnering with Google to Enhance Your After School Program View the webinar here.
January 8, 2015
Kids with Autism – Best Practices for Inclusion Listen to the recording here.


December 11, 2014 — Telling Your After School Story Listen to the recording hereView slide presentation here.
June 19, 2014 Helping Youth Thrive View View the webinar here. (YouTube)
May 29, 2014 Defining, Measuring and Tracking Youth Outcomes View the webinar here. (YouTube)
March 20, 2014 — Linking After School Programs with Summer Learning Programs
February 13, 2014 — Competency-Based Education and Its Application in Rhode Island
February 5, 2014 — What works? What lasts? And Why?: The Neuroscience of Learning
January 10, 2014
From Graham Crackers to Grinders: Enhancing Your Afterschool Program with Suppers Listen to the recording here. View the slide presentation here. (PDF)


December 3, 2013 — More Than Just Another “To-do” on the List: The Benefits of Strong School, Principal, and Afterschool/Community Relationships View the webinar here. (YouTube)
November 19, 2013 A New Resource for Educators, Community and Afterschool Leaders and Funders: Expanding Minds and Opportunities View the webinar here. (YouTube)
October 31, 2013 Embedding 21st Century Skills into Afterschool Programming Webinar View the webinar here. (YouTube)
June 13, 2013 Strengthening Financial Management in Afterschol Partnerships
 View the webinar here. (YouTube)
April 11, 2013 Afterschool Marketing View video here. (Dropbox)
March 14, 2013 Exemplary Summer Learning: Local and National Strategies View video here. (Dropbox)
February 21, 2013 Aligning the Learning Day View video here. (Dropbox)


December 4, 2012   State Funded After School Grantees Conference Call Listen to the recording here.
November 15, 2012 ELO and School Reform View video here. (YouTube)
May 15, 2012 Building Strong Alignment Between School and After School
May 9, 2012 Partnering Strategically with your LEA: A Recipe for Success Listen to the recording here.

 View the slide presentation here. (PDF)
March 27, 2012 The Expanded Learning & Afterschool Project Listen to the recording here. Note: The WebEx ARF player is required to playback the recording. Download ARF player
February 17, 2012 — Changes to DPH Regulations Listen to the recording here. (mp3)
January 24, 2012 Expanded Learning Times and Opportunities: The Community Schools Way Listen to the recording here. (mp3) View the slide presentation here. (PDF)

In partnership with the California Healthy Kids and After School Resource Centers, we are offering online module training.

Ready to try something new, move towards the future of professional development, and provide your students with engaging, effective programming?

Take the free 30-minute modules and walk away with easy-to-apply strategies and connections to useful resources.

Earn a certificate when you complete each of the training modules to document your professional development.

Recommended Sequence

  • Understanding Child and Adolescent Development
    Learn to recognize what students may and may not be able to do at various stages with regard to physical abilities, communication, thinking and social skills. Based on this information participants will obtain tips for providing appropriate activities for students of varying ages and ability levels. A special focus will be placed on providing activities that build physical and language development, as well as social skills.
  • Connecting with Students Through Read-Alouds
    Learn to identify the main goals, benefits, and guidelines for reading aloud with students. Participants recognize key criteria for selecting high-quality multicultural literature to engage diverse learners, and obtain fun, literature-based ideas for reinforcing comprehension and vocabulary skills.
  • English Learning in Action Series
    The first module of this two-part series is the Introduction, learn how English learners are identified in California public schools and recognize the second language acquisition levels. Obtain strategies for providing social and academic support to newcomers. In Beyond the Basics learn how English learners benefit from participating in after school programs, make the most of visual aids, and practice the Total Physical Response (TPR) method.
  • Making Sense of Math
    Learn about key considerations in the teaching and learning of mathematics. Participants recognize the components of balanced math instruction, and examine how skills are organized in the Mathematics Framework and Common Core State Standards. Tips for using manipulatives, literature, and making math meaningful are included.
  • Hands-On STEM Series
    This two-part series begins with Explore It, learn about the interdisciplinary nature and importance of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). Participants recognize six recommended practices for supporting STEM, and get introduced to the 5 Es Inquiry Learning Model. In Dig In learn the purpose and key features of inquiry-based learning. Participants explore the phases of the 5 Es Inquiry Learning Model.
  • Career Education Nuts and Bolts
    This module grounded on the Career/Technical Education Framework provides simple tips and resources to support students in building career readiness in after school programs. Participants explore the purpose, importance, and progression of career education. Additionally, participants obtain ideas for engaging the community in helping students to build career readiness from an early age.
  • Career Readiness Tools
    This module explains the purpose and importance of career education, and provides simple activities to prepare students for the work world. Participants examine the connection between academic and other job-related skills, and explore the importance of high-demand skills in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). In addition, participants consider salaries and job satisfaction as key factors in helping students choose occupations.
  • See, Think, and Act! Series
    Learn the importance of handwashing in preventing the spread of infections. Learn to recognize and respond to anaphylaxis, seizures, diabetes, and an emotional crisis. Use case studies to learn and reinforce steps for handling injuries in a progam setting, dealing with sudden episodes of anaphylaxis, for diabetes management, for appropriately attending to a child experiencing a seizure, and for helping a student experiencing emotional distress. Tips for using the Health Care Plan are highlighted.
    • Handwashing and First Aid
    • Anaphylaxis (Severe Allergies)
    • Seizures
    • Diabetes
    • Emotional Crisis
  • Physical Activity Series
    Learn strategies for starting a high-quality physical activity program, maximizing an existing program, and helping students develop essential physical activity skills. These strategies include promoting emotional and physical safety, boosting staff confidence and involvement, and using physical activity to foster youth development. This is a three- part series.
    1. Up and Running
    2. Maximize Potential
    3. Going the Distance
  • Action 4 Nutrition: Assessing Your Snack Program
    Learn how to assess your snack program and take simple steps to prepare for Federal Program Monitoring (FPM). Participants learn about the legal requirements for healthy snacks, how to analyze a nutrition label, how to get snacks to pay for themselves through government reimbursement and partnerships, and more.
  • Snack Time: Providing Healthy Snacks in Your After School Program
    Learn why healthy snacks are important and how to create healthy snacks, including the best time to serve snacks, the components of healthy snacks, and how to create a week-long menu of healthy snacks.
  • Foundations of Nutrition: Five Things Students Need to Know to Read the Food Label
    Help students see past the advertising by using the food label and five steps to discover what products really contain. Participants will learn the sections of the food label and the five and twenty rule. They practice applying these tools to make informed food and beverage choices. Resources are also provided for integrating food label reading into mathematics and language arts, healthy fundraising, and identifying whole grain foods. This module is Network for a Healthy California allowable.
The online trainings were developed by the California After School Resource Center (CASRC) and California Healthy Kids Resource Center (CHKRC) for professionals serving preschool through grade twelve youths in California. The training will provide users with knowledge, skills, and easy-to-apply program strategies and resources.

College Courses

Looking for college credit for your after school professional development?

Here are a few suggestions:

Charter Oak State College – On-line College Courses

Charter Oak State College is a regionally accredited institution that offers you a variety of options through which to complete a credential, associate and/or bachelor’s degrees.

Credential in After School Education

The credential requirements include a series of four three-credit courses (12 credits) in After School Education through the distance learning program at Charter Oak State College, compilation of a professional resource file and 240 hours of experience working in an after school program. (Experience can be gained from taking a practicum equal to 3 credits, or by demonstrating evidence of existing recent experience and taking a one credit practicum). Click here for more information.

BA/BS with a concentration in Child and Youth Development

Charter Oak also offers a concentration in Child and Youth Development for after school and youth work professionals which builds on the Credential in After School Education. Click here for more information.

For more information contact Carole Weisberg at:
Phone: 860-832-3933

Connecticut State Colleges and Universities

Check out the course search tools at the different Connecticut State Colleges and Universities including the Community Colleges to see if there are any they fit your needs. While none of them have a specific After School Education Department, many courses in Education, Psychology, Early Childhood Education, Counseling, Exercise Science, Recreation, and Human Services would be useful for a career working with kids after school.

Staff Meeting Starters

Looking for resources to help you train staff yourself?

The Connecticut After School Network wants to make your life a whole lot easier with a series of professional development training modules that you can personally utilize in your in-house staff meetings.

Each module has everything you will need to conduct a professional staff meeting with engaging topics and hands-on resources, including:

  • Guide
  • Slide Presentation
  • Handouts
  • Workshop Evaluation Forms
  • Resources for More Information

Training Kits are easy to use, include “trainer tips” to enhance presentation skills, and include activity ideas and suggestions to meet the needs of your staff.

→ Get the training kits on our Staff Meeting Starters page.

↓ Download our Meeting Starter Brochure.

Additional workshops with expert consultants can be arranged for in-depth coverage these topics and others through the Connecticut After School Network Training and Consultation Service.

Contact, or call 203-483-1846 for more information.

Core Competencies

What do program staff and directors need to know and be able to do in order to provide quality child and youth programming?

Core knowledge and competencies describe the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed by professionals to provide high-quality afterschool and youth development programming. That’s why the National AfterSchool Association produced “Core Knowledge and Competencies for Afterschool and Youth Development Professionals.”

The comprehensive document covers the following topics:

  • Child/Youth Growth and Development
  • Learning Environments and Curriculum
  • Child/Youth Observation and Assessment
  • Interactions with Children and Youth
  • Youth Engagement
  • Cultural Competency and Responsiveness
  • Family, School, and Community Relationships
  • Safety and Wellness
  • Program Planning and Development
  • Professional Development and Leadership

Code of Ethics

The Connecticut After School Network has adopted the Code of Ethics established by the National AfterSchool Association and encourages its use in programs.

This document sets forth professional standards of ethical conduct for responsible behavior for those who work in after-school and summer programs for children and youth. Click here to download a copy.