Careers in Afterschool

Working in Afterschool

Core competencies set goals and standards for training, education and professional development to ensure quality. Out-of-school time core competencies define the expected applicable day-to-day knowledge and care for providers at all levels, including volunteers, and in all settings. Core competencies vary from state to state, but they all detail the skills, knowledge, ethics and practice to support child and youth development and families. At the same time, competencies empower practitioners to better understand their practice and further their professional development.

In Pennsylvania, a leading body on core competencies and professional development for early childhood and school-age (up to 12 years) practitioners is The Pennsylvania Key, sponsored by the Department of Human Service’s Office of Child Development and Early Learning.




Youth Work Core Competencies: A review of Existing Frameworks and Purposes



Advanced Program Director of Child Care and Camp
Greater Philadelphia YMCA

Director of Child and Club Safety
Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Northeast Region

Group Supervisor, DHS-Licensed Afterschool Program
Sunrise of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Power Scholar Coordinator
Brandywine YMCA, Coatesville, Pennsylvania

Director, Child and Club Safety
Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Northeast Region

Fab Lab Education Facilitator
Carnegie Science Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Discovery Camp Counselor
Franklin Institute, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Lead School Age Teacher
Greater Valley YMCA, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

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