Coaching & Learning for After School Professionals

Coaching & Learning for Afterschool Professionals (CLASP) was created to provide after school professionals with the space and support needed to network, problem solve, and learn with colleagues from across the state. Past CLASP cohorts have included topics such as social emotional learning, intentional programming, researching problems of practice in programs, and out-of-school time best practices. For 2021 we have expanded the CLASP program with a STEM cohort and another focused on program design and management. The goal of each CLASP cohort was to provide after school practitioners with research-based, applicable content, and opportunities for networking and building leadership skills.

Frequently Asked Questions

CLASP is cohort based professional development that is focused on developing skills to help improve program quality and help leaders better assess and solve issues that occur within afterschool programs. Over the course of a typical CLASP program, participants will work with state and national experts that will help identify and dig deeper into common problems programs face. Through this process, those involved in the CLASP program make larger connections to the field including papers and presentations as well as develop peer relationships that will offer support for years to come.

Those interested will be required to fill out an application in which you will describe your program, reason for being interested in part of the cohort, what are you hoping to explore in your own program or practice, and what you hope to get out of it.

Participants will be provided course materials, lunch & refreshments (in-person sessions), and exclusive CLASP alumni events. As part of the cohort, you will connect with state and national experts on a wide range of topics related to afterschool and summer programming relevant to common problems of practice. Additionally, your participation in CLASP connects you with past cohorts of afterschool professionals that have been part of the program that started in 2014.

Applications are typically open in late-spring and early-fall (if there is a spring cohort running). Prospective participants need to fill out the online application. Participants are chosen by a national advisory committee and will be notified in within 3-4 months of their application. Late applications will not be accepted.

Past Cohort Participants

“I love how STEM enables an individual to think differently and really understand the how and why an object or situation.   I absolutely love getting new project ideas from our session. Joining CLASP STEM pushes us out of our comfort zone and broadens our professional skills.”  – Emily Snow


“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