Remote Professional Development Opportunities

Afterschool Alliance

Afterschool Alliance hosts FREE online webinars for OST providers on a variety of topics. Click here to review the upcoming events and access the recorded sessions.

The National Afterschool Association

The National Afterschool Association, through TurnkeyPD, is offering a series of professional development resources designed to help executives and direct providers build specific core knowledge and competencies of afterschool and youth development professionals. Click here to review the PD materials.

Foundations Inc.

Foundations Inc. is providing limited access to their FREE and engaging professional development mini-series for afterschool providers. Participants will receive an e-certificate after completing the sessions. To learn more about the series, click here.

The Atlanta Speech School’s Cox Campus

The Atlanta Speech School’s Cox Campus is providing FREE video-based professional development courses and at-home learning resources for afteschool providers. These resources are geared towards providers that teach students between the ages of birth to 9, and cover a wide variety of topics. Click here to review the online materials.

The U.S. Department of Education

The U.S. Department of Education, through its You for Youth program, has 15 FREE courses for 21st Century providers and afterschool program facilitators. Click here to access these online materials. Upon completion, participants are eligible to receive certificates.


NextWaveSTEM is providing FREE Professional Development Trainings for afterschool providers and educators. Topics include how to effectively teach remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic. For educators in Illinois, NextWaveSTEM is offering the following: After completing each one-hour webinar, you will receive one ISBE professional development hour – sent via email!

Penn State Extension’s Better Kid Care

Penn State Extension’s Better Kid Care program offers low-cost and remote learning professional development opportunities for OST providers. Topics focus on positive youth outcomes.

Teach Illinois

Teach Illinois is offering FREE professional development webinars and resources for teachers making the transition to online education in Illinois. The webpage hosts online courses, book studies, webinars, podcasts, online administrator programs approved by ISBE, and other professional development materials.


Click2SciencePD offers professional development resources for STEM program facilitators and afterschool providers. The organization’s resources are low-cost opportunities and their web lessons cost $5 for each professional development credit.

The IRIS Center at Vanderbilt University

The IRIS Center at Vanderbilt University has professional development opportunities with a focus on supporting students with special abilities.