To support national and state goals to reduce childhood obesity through multiple targets across a variety of settings, the California After School Resource Center (CASRC), in collaboration with the California Department of Education, Nutrition Services Division (NSD), will design and pilot a two-year training program called Team California for Healthy After Schools (TCHAS). TCHAS will focus on training and coaching strategies for after school teams to develop healthy after school environments and mentoring skills. This pilot program will provide an opportunity for after school educators to access strategically focused training, technical assistance, tools and resources that will assist them in 1) improving the nutrition and physical activity afterschool environment and 2) providing mentoring to other after school programs.
These "Mentor Teams" consist of at least three afterschool staff: two representatives from the after school program leadership team and one site coordinator from each of the proposed mentor sites. At the end of the two year pilot Mentor Teams that achieve a high level of proficiency, based on indicators of progress identified by the NSD, will serve as mentors to other after school programs as they work towards, healthy after school environments. The developed plan will be refined into a professional development model for possible future replication in other after school programs.