Professional Development for After-School Program Staff
The April-June 2010 issue of Applied Developmental Science contains an article by Joseph Mahoney, Mark Levine, and Briana Hinga entitled "The Development of After-School Program Educators Through University-Community Partnerships." The article describes approaches to staff development and promising practices in partnerships with universities to improving professional development for these staff members. Research on the effectiveness of such staff development is limited. Model programs are described that are provided by the UC Irvine Department of Education, which offers a Certificate in After-school Education focusing on positive youth development, and CUNY in New York and The After-School Corporation, which together launched a Center for After-School Excellence that offers classes to enhance the capabilities of after-school staff. Both pre-service and in-service training are available in these models.