CAPITAL REGION EXPANDED LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

Mission

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

About CRELO

  • 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.
  • Holds 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

Positive Guidance
Monday, September 20, 2021 | 10:00 – 11:30 AM | Virtual

Positive guidance is essential for creating a safe and supportive environment. Positive guidance is about helping children learn self-control. Child care workers can cultivate an environment children are able to learn and practice appropriate and acceptable behaviors. In this interactive training, participants will reflect upon punishment vs discipline, discuss positive guidance techniques, and learn strategies to help children modify their own behavior.

Presenter: Diane Shirley, DS Health and Safety Trainings, Inc.
OCFS areas 3

School’s Out! Challenges and Solutions for School-Age Programs: Meaningful Activities

Thursday, October 28, 2021 | 10:30 – 12:00 PM | Virtual

Professionals who work with school-age children in out-of-school environments often struggle with ways to keep the children engaged in programs that run before and after the structured school day. Children have varied needs, and program staff are often dealing with challenges such as a restrictive environment, mixed groupings, and varied schedules.

Within the context of child development, this training based upon the new book of the same title, offers a child-centered approach to developing activities that engage and enhance the program. Participants will explore a number of common challenges along with some possible solutions that can be adapted and applied in their work.

Presenter: Tracey Galuski, Co-Author, School’s Out! Challenges and Solutions for School-Age Programs

OCFS areas 1, 3

Regulations Trivia

Thursday, November 18, 2021 | 10:00 – 11:00 AM | Virtual

Q: What is the best way to learn?
A: By having fun

In this workshop we will use the Kahoot platform to compete against each other in how well we know the OCFS SAC Regulations. Through trivia, participants will learn what the minimum standard of care is, and discuss best practices to keep children safe. Ratios, group size, supervision, hand washing, sanitizing, and other regulations will be reviewed.

Presenter: Erin Broderick, New York State Network for Youth Success

OCFS areas 3, 7

Understanding ACEs

Tuesday, December 14, 2021 | 10:00 – 11:30 AM | Virtual

It is vital that child care workers provide support to young people and their families to prevent adverse childhood experiences.  In the training, participants will reflect upon ACEs.  They will review the impact of ACEs and discuss key preventive strategies to support young people and their families.

Presenter: Diane Shirley, DS Health and Safety Trainings, Inc.

OCFS areas 9