Afterschool professionals week to be celebrated

| April 18, 2016

WEST LAFAYETTE – Ridgewood Beyond the Bell Afterschool Program is joining with the National AfterSchool Association (NAA) to celebrate the professionals that are at the heart of afterschool programs during the “Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week” April 25-29.

“We believe afterschool professionals make a difference in the life of a child,” said Peggy Ball, Site Coordinator. “We encourage everyone to join us this week in thanking the afterschool professionals in their lives.”

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 enhance education in STEM, literacy, the arts, social and emotional learning, health and wellness, and more. With that demand comes increased responsibility on the estimated 850,000 of professionals who are making a difference in the lives of our children.

Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week is a joint effort of community partners, afterschool programs, youth and child care workers, and individuals who have committed to dedicating time to recognize and appreciate those who work with youth during out-of-school hours. The week is marked by celebrations and public relations efforts to encourage people to thank afterschool professionals serving children in programs and organizations across the nation.

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 is an estimated 850,000 afterschool professionals in the US.

Thank an afterschool professional by:

Declare on social media: “I believe Afterschool professionals make a difference in the life of a child. #heartofafterschool”

Give a hand-written card from you and/or your child to the afterschool professional in your life.

Send an email to an afterschool professional’s supervisor describing why that person is appreciated.

Make treats for the staff at your afterschool program.

Join the movement by donating your social media influence at [insert thunderclap link].

Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week was announced during the NAA Annual Convention in Orlando, Florida, on March 20 by NAA President & CEO Gina Warner.

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