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?
An Afterschool Professional is someone who works with children and youth in diverse school and community-based settings to provide a wide variety of extended learning opportunities and care during out-of-school hours. Currently, there are an estimated 850,000 afterschool professionals in the U.S.
Why is it important to recognize Afterschool Professionals?
An estimated 10.2 million children participate in afterschool programs each year. Today, afterschool programs are viewed as much more than just childcare. They are widely credited as the way to provide enhanced education in STEM, Literacy, The Arts, Social Emotional Learning, Health & Wellness, and more. With that demand comes increased responsibility, education/professional development requirements, and support from the community.