Expectations for afterschool programs are high. Education reformers point to the potential of afterschool and summer programs to close achievement gaps, increase third grade reading proficiency and improve community outcomes. Year after year more research shows these goals can be achieved. Utah will not be able to sustain these outcomes without a quality workforce. The Utah Afterschool Professional Credential is one key way to develop workforce and program quality. The credential provides an aligned professional development system that provides supportive coursework, a registry to track professional accomplishments and a system of professional recognition. Your participation in the Credential is an important milestone in your career. The professional learning opportunities provide a continuum of learning that will help you offer the highest quality service to Utah children, youth and families.
The Afterschool Professional Credential will be available at the beginning of August 2017.