Pivoting to Virtual: Resources for Before and After School Programs

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In today’s climate, many before and after school programs are pivoting to virtual experiences or a hybrid online/in-person model. That’s because they know how important it is to continue providing young people with learning experiences and mentorship opportunities – especially during times like these. 

As you reconfigure and adjust your program, finding resources can be challenging – that’s why The AfterSchool Alliance has curated a list of helpful information that can support your organization as you navigate these changing times:

Repository of Distance Learning Programs and Resources
This project of the American Association of Museums features nearly 900 virtual lessons and projects from museums across the United States. Lessons focus on a wide array of topics, including history, STEM, literacy, art and civics.

The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) has released a comprehensive document on privacy considerations for virtual learning.

Additional resources:

Tips for Programs Providing Staff with Computers and Technology Offsite

Educator Reviewers Share Tips and Best Practices for Virtual Learning

Keeping Students Engaged in Digital Learning

Keeping Students Engaged and Productive in a Remote Setting

How Technology Can Help

In addition to these resources for before and after school programs, you can leverage technology to greatly simplify administration of virtual programs. With 30+ years of experience in the child care industry, Procare Solutions can help. We understand it’s a challenging time and are committed to helping you make the transition easier.

Child care management software is designed to support a variety of program structures, including virtual, hybrid and in-person. Not only do our solutions remove the burden of all the back-office administrative needs like billing, payroll, family/child information, attendance and more, but also, they offer safer, contactless ways to stay connected with families. In addition, they’re pre-loaded with state and Montessori standards to ensure your lesson planning is aligned with early learning frameworks. And in the event your program moves back to full-time in-person care, our software can adjust accordingly.

With Procare in place, you can:

  • Enable contactless check-in/out
  • Empower two-way messaging with parents and families
  • Allow staff-to-staff messaging
  • Let staff clock-in/out
  • Create custom newsletters
  • Leverage and use lesson planning and assessments, which can be customized for online learning
  • Enable online payments and billing
  • Track attendance online

We focus in on helping you streamline your operations so that you can focus on what you do best – providing the best care for youth and families in your communities.

Talk to an expert to learn more about ways to use software to increase the efficacy and safety of your before or after school program.


Jan Gilboy

About The Author

Jan Gilboy

Jan Gilboy heads up Enterprise Sales at Procare, working with school districts and other large OST providers to help them streamline and automate their community education and after school programs. Her passion lies in helping to support these providers so that they can focus on enrichment, outcomes and the safety of the children in their care.

Procare is here to help.

We know the business of child care. For more than 30 years we’ve been guiding child care professionals just like you to help stay connected and in control.