It’s the first day of Spring, let’s hope warmer weather comes our way!
Here is what is new in April.  join us for some exciting training topics.


First Friday – Creating Theater Magic in Your Program

Date: April 7, 2017
Time:  10:00 am  – 12:00 pm
Location:  Hartford Office

Performing arts can be found in many forms and variations, and can fit into any program! Whether your budget is tight, your time frame is short, or you just don’t know where to start, you will be provided with tools and insight to help you make theater enrichment a reality in your program. The possibilities are endless, and so are the benefits for your students.

Workshop Fee

Member   $25.00
Non Member  $50.00

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Deep Dives – Creating Aligned Interactions: Partnerships that Matter

Date: April 19, 2017
Time:  9:00 am  – 12:00 pm
Location:  New Britain YWCA

Relationships are at the center of the work we are doing. Each of us has countless interactions with people throughout the course of the day that have varying degrees of impact on programming. The quality of these interactions often relate to the spaces programs can use, the level of trust and buy-in linked to school-community partnerships, and the continuation of funding as a result of coordinated advocacy efforts. In this session we will briefly cover research-based elements that are necessary in creating these conditions and discuss recommendations and barriers to implementation.

Workshop Fee

Member   $50.00
Non Member  $75.00

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Directors and Supervisors Training Event

Date: April 21, 2017
Time:  8:30 – 3:30 am
Location:  Hartford Office

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 that back seat to managing problems. We invite you to join us for our Special Training Event for Directors and Supervisors for Spring 2017. This session is designed for afterschool professionals currently, or aspiring to be, in a leadership position at the program or site level. Learn from active skill-building workshops, participate in the Directors Panel and Lunch Roundtable Discussion with colleagues from across Connecticut, and gain tips for re-energizing yourself and your program.

Workshop I – 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.

Workshop II – Staff Engagement Equals 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.

Workshop Fee

Member   $60.00
Non Member  $85.00

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Deep Dives – Unlocking the Mystery of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

Date: April 24, 2017
Time:  9:00 am  – 12:00 pm
Location:  New London STEM Academy

Incorporating STEM into your program begins with realizing how much STEM you’re already doing, and learning to capitalize on STEM in your everyday activities.  Explore key strategies for identifying and lifting up STEM in your program.  Make STEM fun and easy for children with a variety of different learning and interactive styles.  Overcome barriers to STEM like staff anxiety or the perception that STEM is boring or hard.  Help children build a more inquisitive and engaged way of thinking.  Identify areas where children need extra support, and make skill-building fun and empowering for children and educators alike.  Come to this workshop ready to play and learn, and leave inspired to bring STEM to life in your program!

Workshop Fee

Member   $50.00
Non Member  $75.00

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A look ahead…

  • 5/5 – First Fridays – Making Memories: End of Year Celebrations that Matter
  • 5/10 – Deep Dives – Giving Your Summer Space a Makeover
  • 5/22 – Double Deep Dives – ADHD/Autism
  • 5/30 – Double Deep Dives – De-Escalation for Summer

Visit our Professional Development page for a detailed list of all our upcoming workshops.