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 Sponsored by CRELO!

OCFS Round Table
Friday, November 20, 2020 | 10:00 – 11:30 PM | Virtual

Join CRELO and Sarah Beyer-Ellis, OCFS Albany Regional Manager, for a conversation around School-Age Child Care Regulations and COVID-19 guidance.  This is an opportunity for directors to meet Sarah, discuss challenges associated with new guidance, and celebrate your successes as we begin the first half of the 2020-21 school year.
Please submit any questions to Erin@NetworkForYouthSuccess.Org by Friday, November 6.
This meeting is NOT approved for OCFS training credit.
Presenter: Sarah Beyer-Ellis, Albany Regional Manager, NYSOCFS

Children of Katrina: What Disaster Recovery Teaches Us About the Value of Afterschool
Wednesday Dec 2, 2020 | 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM | Virtual

Participants will learn about the research that came from a longitudinal study on the impact of Hurricane Katrina. Resilience lessons will be drawn from the case studies in that research. Particular discussion around the roles in the lives of young people will include the difference between anchors and advocates, and three trajectories for the lives of young people will be examined. Spheres of impact on the lives of the young people will be explored including school, family and out of school time programming. Participants will have time to reflect on what components of their programs are most likely to aid in recovery.
This training is currently not approved for OCFS Training Credit.
Presenter: Jay Roscup, Wayne MOST

Let’s Do This: Healthy Eating and Physical Activity in Afterschool
Tuesday, October 27, 2020 | 10:00 AM– 12:00 PM | Virtual

Join the Network for Youth Success for a FREE TRAINING for afterschool programs.  These nutrition-focused workshops will give staff the tools needed to encourage healthy eating in afterschool and summer programs so each child has the opportunity to build a healthy mindset and active lifestyle. Participants will learn how to link healthy eating to fun and engaging programming, write activity plans to promote healthy eating in afterschool programs, communicate how healthy eating habits can be incorporated into a quality program, and implement hands-on nutrition activities.  This workshop is for front-line staff and their supervisors.
Presenter: Timothy Fowler, Professional Development Director, Network for Youth Success
OCFS Areas: 2, 3

Challenging Behavior
Wednesday, November 18, 2020 | 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM | Virtual

Join this session for an in depth study of the functions of challenging behavior in order to better understand why a child appears to be misbehaving. Is the child overwhelmed or under stimulated? Attention-seeking? Escaping/avoiding? By the end of the session, you will have strategies for identifying, understanding, and making a plan to address this behavior.
Presenter: Jackie Farmer, Early Childhood Educator, Brightside Up
OCFS areas 1, 3

Special Health Care Needs
Monday, January 25, 2021 | 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM | Virtual

Children in our care may have special health care needs and diagnoses. We want to be thoughtful and accommodating to these children and their families. What’s the best way to go about this? Our first task in this workshop will be to define and identify special health care needs, including common childhood diagnoses, and the challenges we usually associate with these diagnoses. Emphasis will be placed on the Autism spectrum. We’ll take a deeper look at the specific characteristics of children on the Autism spectrum, as well as those who have other special health needs, and we’ll look at some of the sensory, visual, auditory, tactile, and smell/taste accommodations we can make to help all children learn and grow in our programs. This workshop will help you better understand the children in your care with special health care needs, so they will feel welcomed, and their needs will be met.
Presenter: Alicia Salamone-Powers, Master Trainer, Capital District YMCA
OCFS areas 1, 2, 3

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