Online Professional Learning and
Technical Assistance for
21st Century Community Learning Centers

Training to Go

When your staff has a basic understanding of the theories, stages and areas of child and adolescent development, your 21st CCLC program is best equipped to interact with children and youth, design supportive learning environments and respond to various behaviors. Use these customizable trainings and tools to build a focused program team, partner with families and build meaningful connections with students. 

Building a Strong Program Team: Focus on Child and Adolescent Development

  • Reflect on stages of child development from birth to adolescence in four areas: physical, cognitive, social and emotional.​ 
  • Understand that even within a peer group, students can be at different points of development and therefore respond differently to their environment.​ 
  • Explore the advantages of having team members attuned to the various elements of child and adolescent development.​ 
  • Gain strategies for recruiting and retaining a well-rounded team to support your students’ development. 

Partnering With Families for Healthy Child Development

  • Reflect on how programs can support healthy child and adolescent development in four areas.​ 
  • Learn strategies for collaborating and communicating with families.​ 
  • Consider families’ roles in supporting the healthy development of students your program.​ 
  • Develop mission statements that reflect a commitment to partnering with families to support students’ development. 

Understanding Development and Connecting With Children

  • Discuss why it’s important for students to feel connected to the adults in your program.​ 
  • Examine social-emotional development from early childhood through adolescence.​ 
  • Reflect the keys to any healthy human relationship.​ 
  • Identify strategies for building positive, nurturing relationships with children of different ages.​