Professional Development

NAA publishes fresh, new content every week covering a wide variety of topics related to the field of aftershool. Be sure to check in regularly.

Assessing Team Communication Skills in STEM Afterschool Programs

Tuesday, 01 November 2016 05:32

The Collaboration in the 21st Century Project, funded by the National Science Foundation, is developing a team communication skills assessment tools for middle school and high school STEM afterschool programs.

Jackrabbit Care: Manage Your Program

Tuesday, 25 October 2016 08:13

Jackrabbit's leading online afterschool management software helps you work smarter and have more time to grow your business. Jackrabbit is online, so you can access your account information anytime and anywhere.

Virtual Convention Sneak Peek!

Tuesday, 25 October 2016 00:00

NAA's Virtual Convention runs November 6 – 20, 2016. It's free for NAA Executive members and just $49 for Ambassador members. Here's a sneak peek at four of the awesome workshops you'll experience when you participate!

Planting the Seed That Makes STEM Grow

Tuesday, 18 October 2016 05:10

Youth development professionals come from many backgrounds and work in a variety of settings. They can be childcare providers, camp leaders, afterschool professionals or even volunteers with little to no background in development or education.

Helping Kids Handle Conflict

Tuesday, 18 October 2016 00:00

October is National Bullying Prevention Month. Afterschool programs provide an excellent environment in which to teach skills to help kids with conflict—and an anti-bullying month provides additional context for conversations.

Sneak Peak: Virtual Convention Workshops

Tuesday, 18 October 2016 00:00

NAA's Virtual Convention runs November 6 – 20, 2016. It's FREE for NAA Executive members and just $49 for Ambassadors. Here's a sneak peek at three of the awesome workshops you'll experience when you participate!

Virtual Convention: Sneak Peek!

Tuesday, 04 October 2016 00:00

NAA's Virtual Convention runs November 6 – 20, 2016. It's FREE for Executive members and just $49 for Ambassadors. Here's a sneak peek at three of the awesome workshops you'll experience when you participate!

Eat Healthy and Get Moving: Incorporate HEPA into Your Program

Tuesday, 27 September 2016 09:09

Jessica Hay, California Afterschool Network program director, recently had the opportunity to discuss the National Afterschool Association (NAA) Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Standards (HEPA) during a Lights on Afterschool webinar, and offer some tips for incorporating them into family and community events such as Lights On Afterschool.

Modeling Leadership

Tuesday, 20 September 2016 05:24

People too often associate leadership with a status to be earned, or a title that bestows power. Certainly, under some circumstances, those definitions are accurate. But I like to think of leadership differently.

Involving Children and Families in Program Planning

Tuesday, 20 September 2016 05:20

Over the years, one of the biggest and most consistent concerns and struggles I've heard from program administrators concerns how to engage parents and families. Many times, program staff reach out and get limited response or involvement.