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EdAdvance School Age Programs Celebrates “Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week”

April 26th, 2019


EdAdvance School Age Programs is joining with the National AfterSchool Association (NAA) to celebrate the professionals who are at the heart of afterschool programs during “Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week” April 22-26, 2019.

“We believe Afterschool Professionals make a difference in the lives of young people,” said Tracey Lay, Director, School Age Programs and Chief Talent & Collaboration Officer at EdAdvance. “We encourage everyone to join us this week in thanking the afterschool professionals in their lives.”

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 enhance education in STEM, literacy, the arts, social and emotional learning, health and wellness, and more.

What is Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week?

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.

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 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.

How can I thank an Afterschool Professional?

  • Declare on social media: I appreciate the Afterschool Professionals who make a difference in the lives of young people. #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.
  • Bring treats to the staff at your afterschool program.

For more information about Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week visit www.heartofafterschool.com.

For more information about EdAdvance School Age Programs contact Tracey Lay, EdAdvance Director of School Age Programs, at 860.567.0863 x1143 or lay@edadvance.org.

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