Credentialing for 21st CCLC Staff: An Overview of the Benefits and Impacts

Year Published: 2009

SKU: FD129

Authors: Ellen S. Gannet, M.Ed., Sarah Mello, Elizabeth Starr

In this report we summarize two long-term models of credentialing and provide an overview of the benefits and impacts of a nationally recognized credential on the field of After School and Youth Development (ASYD).1 We explore potential barriers to credentialing and review recognized essential elements of a strong credentialing system, including detailed analysis of core competency frameworks. We describe the current state of credentialing systems in ASYD and offer a case study of the Missouri Youth Development Credential. Based upon our analysis and interviews with key informants in the ASYD field (see Appendix A), we make recommendations for next steps in moving forward with aligning the 21st CCLC online professional development portal with a nationally recognized credential.


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