What is Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week?
Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week is a time to recognize and appreciate those who work with youth during out-of-school hours. It is a joint effort including community partners, afterschool programs, youth and child care workers, families and individuals. The week is marked by celebrations and public relations efforts to encourage people to thank afterschool professionals who make a difference in the lives of young people in their communities.
When is Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week?
The last full week of April, each year.
Who is an AfterSchool Professional?
Afterschool Professionals are skilled individuals who work with children and youth in diverse school and community-based settings to provide a wide variety of positive developmental relationships and experiences during out-of-school hours. Currently in the U.S., an estimated 850,000 individuals are practicing members of the afterschool profession.
Why is it important to recognize Afterschool Professionals?
An estimated 10.2 million children participate in afterschool programs each year, and for every child in an afterschool program there are two more waiting to get in. Every young person deserves quality afterschool experiences that positively impact their development. It takes skilled professionals to create these experiences. Because of the important role afterschool professionals play in the lives of kids, they deserve recognition and support!