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.

Build a Solid Team

Friday, 23 August 2013 00:00

It's not just about cooperation, its about making every team member feel valued and important. You won't be able to get everything done without a great, solid team helping you along the way. So what do you do in order to build a strong team? 

How Do You Deal With a Defiant Student?

Friday, 23 August 2013 00:00

Defiant children are never fun to deal with. Know that it is a power struggle and as the program leader, you need to come out on top as the one in charge, but also keeping the child's respect. 

Ten Tips for Hiring

Friday, 23 August 2013 00:00

We all have difficulties finding the right people to fill our organization's needs and hiring is the first step in the process. Getting the right people in the door will put you on track to strengthening your team. 

Standards for Healthy Eating and Physical Activity in Out-Of-School Time Programs

Friday, 23 August 2013 00:00

The NAA standards for healthy eating and physical activity (HEPA) are up-to-date, evidence-based, practical values that foster the best possible nutrition and physical activity outcomes for children in grades K-12 attending OST programs.

The P's of Powerful Program Performance

Friday, 16 August 2013 10:16

High quality afterschool program performance can be described in many ways. Experience and practice shows that leaders who focus on the P’s of positive performance will attain success.

Your Afterschool Staff

Wednesday, 14 August 2013 08:23

Your afterschool staff can make or break your business and we all know the childcare industry traditionally has very high turnover. The key to keeping away from this is to improve employee morale to decrease turnover as much as possible and create consistency for the program. To do this you must value, encourage, and energize your team to accomplish the center mission, vision, and direction.

New Direction in Youth Development

Wednesday, 14 August 2013 08:04

New Directions for Youth Development: Theory, Practice, and Research is a quarterly publication focusing on contemporary issues challenging the field of youth development. The journal is dedicated to bringing together everyone concerned with helping young people, including scholars, practitioners, and people from different disciplines and professions.

STEM-Year of Science

Wednesday, 14 August 2013 08:02

In a world in which STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) learning has become universally crucial, those individuals who will be able to enjoy the highest personal earnings will likely be those who possess the skills and creativity that position them as innovators and leaders. For our children and youth, increased STEM learning is imperative.

Trainer Quality

Wednesday, 14 August 2013 07:58

The National AfterSchool Association developed the NAA Afterschool Trainer Quality System with support from the C. S. Mott Foundation to provide a quality assurance system for trainers in the afterschool field.

Code of Ethics

Wednesday, 14 August 2013 00:00

The NAA Code of Ethics sets standards of conduct for the afterschool professional and outlines personal and professional excellence encouraging the professional development of those working in the afterschool field. The highest standards of professional competence, fairness, impartiality, efficiency, effectiveness, and fiscal responsibility are integrated within the sections, while avoiding any activity that is in conflict with the performance of job responsibilities. 

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