Professional Development

Quality professional development programs target many specific outcomes including increased staff knowledge about youth development, use of effective strategies for activity programming and implementation of methods for promoting 
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IAN also believes that quality professional development focuses on the long-term sustainability of the out-of-school time workforce by increasing providers’ marketable skills in order to increase public support for the youth development field.


Indiana Academy on Out-of-School Learning
Looking for high-quality online training specifically designed for afterschool professionals? Join hundreds of Indiana OST professionals in the Academy. All courses are aligned with the IN Afterschool Standards, CYC credentials, and CCDF requirements.


My Afterschool Locker
IAN’s new go-to place to find resources that strengthen program quality. The one-stop shop supports programs focusing on curriculum, community engagement, workforce connectivity, and team tools – it provides less plans, engagement ideas, and connections to Indiana organizations and individuals in the field of afterschool and out-of-school time.


If you have further questions, please contact Bri Gaston-Bell at:
[email protected]

For additional professional development opportunities, check out the Conferences and Training Opportunities page, or the websites of the following organizations:

Afterschool Alliance (National)
American Camp Association
Indiana Association of Child Care Resource and Referral
Indiana Youth Institute
Learn More Indiana
Marion County Commission on Youth
National Afterschool Association
The Journey