The Capital Region Expanded Learning Opportunities (CRELO) supports programs and providers to deliver high-quality out-of-school-time programs.


The Capital Region Expanded Learning Opportunities works to increasing access to information about grants and funding through a regional listserv. Provides information about the latest professional development opportunities that are available in the region and statewide. Host professional development opportunities that are centrally located and affordable. Shares information and tips to assist afterschool professionals in being active advocates for programs. As well as holding meetings on timely issues when appropriate.

Network Leads: Andrew Katz & Lauren Shafer

Areas Represented:

• Albany County
• Greene County
• Rensselaer County
• Saratoga County
• Schenectady County
• Schoharie County

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FREE Trainings Hosted by CRELO
for individuals working in the Capital Region

These Trainings are Sponsored by 

Virginia and Harry Taylor Designated Fund

Building Developmental Relationships
Thursday, March 11, 2021 | 10:00 – 11:30 AM | Virtual

Research tells us that relationships with young people are always important. But during stressful times like these, relationships take on a new level of significance. Relationships provide stability and help young people weather the storms of stress and trauma.

In this workshop we’ll take a closer look at developmental relationships, the
relationships that help young people grow and develop their potential. We’ll explore key
ingredients of developmental relationships and how we as youth workers, parents and
mentors can be more deliberate in building these relationships with young people. We
will also introduce and explore resources and tools in our discussion.

Presenter: Jutta Dotterweich, ACT for Youth, Cornell University
OCFS areas 1, 3

Creative Spaces: Building a Better Program Environment
Tuesday, March 16, 2021 | 10:00 – 11:30 AM | Virtual

Do you ever wonder why some environments feel more comfortable than others? During this workshop we will discuss how space, relationships, materials, and routines are used to create an engaging, child-friendly environment.  Using the SAC Jumpstart Checklist and the New York State Accreditation Standards, participants will reflect on their own environment, and what resources they need to construct intentional learning centers. Participants will leave with a list of intentional learning centers and the materials that could go in each.

Presenter: Timothy Fowler, Professional Development Director, Network for Youth Success

OCFS areas 1, 3

Outdoor Environments: Keeping our Children Safe
Thursday, April 8, 2021 | 10:00 – 11:30 AM | Virtual

Children deserve a safe outdoor environment where they can learn and play.  In this workshop we will review common playground related injuries and what strategies we can use to prevent them.  To do this, we will explore direct and competent supervision, developmentally appropriate equipment and activities, and ways to recognize hazards.

Presenter: Timothy Fowler, Professional Development Director, Network for Youth Success

OCFS areas 3, 4, 7

STEAM 1 – Modelling Engineering Practices
Tuesday, May 11, 2021 | 10:00 – 11:30 AM | Virtual

What do engineers do? by becoming an engineer! In this workshop, participants will tackle an engineering design challenge and learn “on the job” how the engineering design process is used. Emphasis will be on hands-on learning with easy-to-find materials and on using the steps of the engineering design process to build and test prototypes.

Presenter: Timothy Fowler, Professional Development Director, Network for Youth Success

OCFS areas 3

STEAM 2 – Facilitating an Inclusive Learning Environment for STEAM
Thursday, May 20, 2021 | 10:00 – 11:30 AM | Virtual

Involving all youth in STEAM activity, and overcoming any potential barriers to participating, is a critical component of good youth development work. In this workshop learn practices and approaches to creating inclusion in a typical STEAM activity. This session will allow participant to experience the practice and identify how to bring it back to their programs. This workshop is for participants who work with school-age children in a group setting.

Presenter: Timothy Fowler, Professional Development Director, Network for Youth Success

OCFS areas 3