NAA is delighted to be partnering with 19 cultural institutions across the five boroughs of New York City to host Adventures in Innovation, experiential educational events at New York’s premier museums, theatres, parks, and cultural landmarks.
NAA has state affiliates across the United States. Our affiliates are statewide organizations aligned with NAA’s mission to inspire, connect and equip afterschool professionals. Affiliates' missions and strategies promote quality afterschool programs and professional development in their states.
The strong and supportive relationships between NAA and its state affiliates creates a national network that builds connectivity among stakeholders and creates opportunities for engagement that ensure vibrant future for our field.
Most state affiliates offer benefit packages that include membership in the National AfterSchool Association at the Ambassador level. Ambassador membership is a free, starter membership designed for entry-level and developing afterschool professionals. Upgrade to the Executive level membership for just $99/year to receive benefits designed specifically for afterschool leaders.
You can also view state affiliate events on our website by clicking here.
Find Your State Affiliate
|Alabama||Alabama Community Education Association|
|Arizona||Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence|
|California||California School-Age Consortium|
|Connecticut||Connecticut After School Network|
|Delaware||Delaware Afterschool Network (DEAN)|
|Florida||Florida Afterschool Alliance|
|Georgia||Georgia Statewide Afterschool Network
|Illinois||Illinois Afterschool Network|
|Indiana||Indiana Afterschool Network|
|Kentucky||Kentucky Out-of-School Alliance|
|Maine||Maine Afterschool Network|
|Massachusetts||Massachusetts Afterschool Partnership
|Michigan||Michigan AfterSchool Association
|Minnesota||Minnesota Association for the Education of Young Children/Minnesota School-Age Care Alliance|
|Missouri||Missouri AfterSchool Network|
|New Hampshire||New Hampshire Afterschool Network|
|New Jersey||The Statewide Network for New Jersey's Afterschool Communities|
|New York||New York State Network for Youth Success|
||North Carolina Center for Afterschool Programs|
|North Dakota||North Dakota Afterschool Network|
|Ohio||Ohio Afterschool Network|
|Oklahoma||Oklahoma Partnership for Expanded Learning|
|Pennsylvania||Pennsylvania School-Age Child Care Alliance|
||Rhode Island Afterschool Network|
|South Dakota||South Dakota School Age Care Alliance
|Texas||Texas Partnership for Out of School Time|
|Utah||Utah Afterschool Network|
|Virginia||Virginia Partnership for Out-of-School Time
|Washington||School's Out Washington
|Wisconsin||Wisconsin Child Care Administrators Association
|Wyoming||Wyoming Afterschool Alliance
TurnkeyPD is a series of PD resources designed to help leaders build specific core knowledge and competencies of afterschool and youth development professionals.
Each TurnkeyPD includes:
TurnkeyPD is an Executive member-only resource. Click here to join or upgrade.
TurnkeyPD eBook Bundles available:
Individual TurnkeyPD resources available:
Thank you for your interest in these webinars from NAA! Some of the following webinars are available to our Executive members only. If you are an Executive member, please proceed with logging in. If you aren’t, and wish to join/upgrade, please click here.
March 31, 1 PM ET
Summer learning programs offer invaluable spaces to engage youth in learning and development during the months when many students lose ground. High-quality programs keep kids safe and can produce measurable benefits in math, reading and social and emotional learning, however good attendance is critical for kids to experience those positive benefits.
November 12, 1 PM ET
The early grades are a wonderful time to spark young people's interest in coding, robotics, and engineering but it requires age-appropriate tools and hands-on concrete activities. What better place to introduce easy, engaging and fun robotics than in your afterschool setting?
With robotics, children integrate creative STEM/STEAM learning while collaborating and creating with arts and crafts, gaming, hands-on science projects, storytelling and more!
September 11, 1 PM ET
Have you ever heard a participant in your program say, “I am a computational thinker”? Perhaps not, but after this webinar, you may hear it. Computational thinking builds on other problem-solving strategies to help youth prepare for their future. Computational thinking can be a game changer for young people when they learn problem solving skills with computers.
June 12, July 9, July 16, July 30, August 13, 1 PM ET
Understanding our SEL begins with the adults. It is essential that leaders understand and develop their own social and emotional competencies because of their influence on the overall environment. This summer webinar series will dive into the reports that support SEL in afterschool, offer tips for choosing SEL curriculum and guide leaders how to assess their own EQ and determine next steps to grow.
March 7, 2019 1:00 PM ET
If you’re exhibiting at the 2019 NAA Annual Convention, you won’t want to miss this pre-event webinar! Please join us for and informal yet informational webinar about how to make the most of your time and investment at the NAA 2019 Annual Convention coming this March in New York City!
January 30, February 6 and February 13, 2019 1:00 PM ET
This 3-part webinar series will address the challenge of staff turnover that many leaders in afterschool face. Participants will learn important insights and uncover actionable ways to drive improvement; management mindsets and motivation that influence turnover; and key steps that lead to fast and oftentimes dramatic results!
December 13, 2018 1:00 PM ET
We want to hear from you! In this interactive, idea-sharing session, we'll open the lines and ask attendees about where they are in their digital learning journey. We want to know:
Join us to learn from your colleagues in the industry about the process of making digital learning a reality in your program.
Webinar: Engaging with the Afterschool Market
A special webinar for NAA's Advocate members only
October 25, 2018 1:00 PM ET
Please join us for an informal yet informational webinar where we’ll share more about the state of afterschool, the latest happenings with NAA and ways you can better engage our members to grow your brand awareness!
November 24, 2018 12:00 PM ET
We know that too much screen use can be bad for kids, but when used thoughtfully as part of the teaching and learning in your program, you can help students build skills and level the digital equity playing field. In this webinar, we'll explore how programs are setting policies and procedures to ensure screen time is used effectively and safely in programs.
October 24, 2018 12:00 PM ET
If you want to facilitate digital learning in your program, you're going to need real devices and / or equipment for youth to explore. It can be challenging to decide what equipment and support you should invest in, and how to fit these into your budget.
September 27, 2018 1:00 PM ET
Using the Rubik's® Cube in afterschool programs will engage your students in a variety of ways! Rubik's Cube units and lessons address a variety of STEM concepts and critical thinking skills. They also foster positive peer collaboration and helps teach many life lessons such as following directions, perseverance, memorization and focus.
September 13, 2018 12:00 PM ET
Digital learning happens when technology is seamlessly woven into the fabric of a great program - a powerful tool to help you get to positive youth outcomes; not an end in itself.
August 13, 2018 12:00 PM ET
Implementing digital learning in meaningful ways requires the support and effort of all of your stakeholders. In this session, you will learn how to create a communication plan in order to promote and to gain support for digital learning in your afterschool program. In addition, you will practice creating or improving your messaging about digital learning in your program and learn to tailor your message to varied audiences.
Staff Up! Recruiting and Retaining Quality People | June 28, 2018
Presented by Marissa Badgley, ExpandED Schools
Given high rates of staff turnover in afterschool programs across the country, this webinar will provide an overview of best and promising practices for recruiting and retaining the “right” people in school and afterschool settings. We will explore systems and policies that get in the way of doing this work effectively and how to improve these systems and policies in ways that ensure sustainability and long-term success of our programs.
Leading with Focus - How to Engage Your Employees | July 26, 2018
Presented by Stacy Litteral and Ann Tancioco, Kids' Country
Leadership is a journey, not a destination. In this session, you will learn how to navigate that journey to ensure you engage staff at the highest level possible, making the greatest impact on those you serve.
Proactive Management - Preventing Program Fires | August 2, 2018
Presented by Justin Hensley, Tori Schwarzlose and Jeff Miller, After-School All-Stars
With our programming experience, we can put out any “program fires” ourselves. But have we developed the tools and practices that help minimize their chances of occurring, or empowered and equipped our staff to do it themselves? In this session, we’ll dive into the approaches, habits, and best practices that define proactive managers.
July 25, 2018 12:00 PM ET
Technology is a constantly changing field. In this session, we’ll explore ways to connect emerging and changing technology to your team’s daily goals and their work with students. We’ll help you create professional development for digital learning that allows staff to learn new material, practice skills and reflect on experiences. You’ll leave this session with an understanding of key digital learning competencies, a plan for capitalizing on existing staff expertise and experiences to build professional development and strategies to incorporate digital learning into your hiring processes.
July 19, 2018 1:00PM ET
Presented by Hello Insight
Many afterschool programs today are expected to serve more young people with fewer resources than ever before. How can program evaluation data help you make good decisions and use resources wisely?
Join us for a virtual workshop on becoming a high-impact learning organization! We'll review strategies for making sure feedback obtained from program evaluation finds its way into daily practice easily and effectively.
June 19, 2018 1:00PM ET
Presented by EZChildTrack
Utilizing web-based software helps afterschool programs increase parent involvement, empowers staff and streamlines operations.
If you’ve considered switching to a web-based software you won’t want to miss this informative webinar!
June 22, 2018 12:00PM ET
Access to meaningful digital learning is a key component in preparing young people for academic and post-secondary success in the 21st century. In order to successfully integrate digital learning into afterschool activities, programs should identify a vision that drives planning and ongoing learning. Through hands-on activities and discussion during this webinar, afterschool practitioners will explore the process ofcreating a shared vision for digital learning in their afterschool programs. You will leave the webinar having identified the first step in a visioning process.
June 6, 2018
OST programs can have a huge impact on youth through SEL skills development. In this webinar co-hosted by NAA, Afterschool Alliance and National League of Cities, we'll dive deep into research and identifying cost-effective strategies for improving SEL in OST programs.
May 31, 2018 12:00PM ET
It has become imperative for youth to have access to digital resources and learning to fully participate in 21st Century social, civic and economic life. During this webinar you will learn about the digital divide, which describes the socio-economic disparities that arise from lack of access to digital resources and learning and how lack of equity impacts young people’s future outcomes. You will leave with steps you can implement immediately to bring digital learning equity to your school and program with help from strategies provided by the Afterschool Tech Toolkit, made possible by support from Google for Education.
May 22, 2018 12:00PM ET
Meaningful digital learning is a critical component in preparing young people for civic, academic and post-secondary participation in the 21st century. Yet, there are wide disparities in digital access between young people from lower-income communities and their higher income peers. Join us for a lively panel discussion to learn about the importance of digital learning in increasing educational opportunities for young people and how afterschool programs can play a key role in increasing digital access and use.
You will also be introduced to an exciting new tool, the Afterschool Tech Toolkit, to assist you in starting, expanding, and/or deepening digital learning in your program. The Afterschool Tech Toolkit is made possible by support from Google.
March 8, 2018 1:00PM EST
Ask, Listen, Learn: Kids and Alcohol Don’t Mix is Responsibility.org’s premier alcohol education program. Created for youth ages 9-12 and their parents and educators, the program aims to encourage kids to say YES to a healthy lifestyle and NO to underage drinking.
February 20, 2018 1:00PM EST
There's no question that Robotics and Coding are critical in education for today's youth. The statistics speak for themselves. In the coming decade, millions of jobs will be lost to technology, while millions of new jobs will be created. The afterschool environment is a great setting for teaching robotics and coding but where do you start? Join Mimetics, inventor of the Jade Robot, for this free webinar.
January 30, 2018 1:00PM EST
Learn easy routines and fun activities from the Sanford Harmony SEL Program to build supportive relationships in your afterschool program!
We’ll share how to gather your students for “Meet Up” to increase respect, kindness and teamwork and how to use “Buddy Up” activities to help your students build new friendships. You’ll also enjoy free giveaways and discover how to bring Harmony materials and training to your afterschool program for no cost!
December 7, 2017 1:00PM ET
Tired of gambling on your own development or maybe you’re just tired? As leaders, we know that professional development is important, but many times we leave our development up to someone else or to chance. In this session, Go All-In on Your Own Development, NAA Vice President, Heidi Ham, will talk about the turning point in her own leadership journey, address why it’s so hard for leaders to focus on their own development and why it’s so important, and share tips and tools that will motivate you to go all-in to continue to build the knowledge and skills needed to lead successfully.
This webinar is only available to Executive level members. To join or upgrade to the Executive level, click here.
May 4, 2017 1:00PM EST
Let's face it - it's tough to be a leader. Managing staff conflicts, worrying about funding, struggling to build positive Board relationships - too often leaders feel that have no one they can turn to for ideas, support and encouragement. Join this webinar to discuss strategies to build your connections as a leader - both in your local community and in the broader field of afterschool.
This webinar is only available to Executive level members. To join or upgrade to the Executive level, click here.
February 23, 2017 1:00PM EST
In the game of leadership are you playing to win or playing not to lose? Strong Afterschool Leaders lead Strong Teams who run Strong Programs that deliver positive results for children and youth. But how do you develop as a strong leader? What do you need to do? How do you need to be?
This webinar is only available to Executive level members. To join or upgrade to the Executive level, click here.
Using Data and Systems to Measure and Improve Youth Progress
October 18, 1:00 EST
Presented by Exponent Partners
Afterschool organizations are increasingly finding that tracking and managing data is crucial to improving programs, increasing organizational efficiency, and ensuring fidelity to your program model. Funders also are increasingly asking for proof, based on results and outcomes, that your work is making an impact. These complex data requirements necessitate processes and systems that help your staff collect and analyze data without taking them away from their work with youth for too long. Whether you are just getting started tracking data about your programs or looking to put a system in place, this webinar will cover how to formalize your processes for tracking data, use systems to analyze that data, and incorporate learnings into your programs. We’ll also hear a case study from Urban Initiatives about their data journey.
Effective Budgeting for your Afterschool Program
September 29, 1:00 EST
Presented by FMA
Effective budgeting is one of the key ways to ensure that your afterschool program is using your resources in the most strategic way and that your organization is financially sustainable into the future. This webinar offers many tips on budgeting and tips. This webinar is only available to Executive level members. To join or upgrade to the Executive level, click here.
Engaging Youth in Langauge and Literacy.
All professional societies share common characteristics. Among them are a body of knowledge and skills, culture, a code of ethics, and public recognition. The NAA Core Knowledge and Competencies have been developed to enable afterschool and youth development practitioners to demonstrate expertise and gain a higher level of recognition within their communities–particularly from school officials–that has long been sought after.
The competencies are grouped into ten content areas:
1. Child and Youth Growth and Development
2. Learning Environment and Curriculum
3. Child/Youth Observation and Assessment
4. Interactions with Children and Youth
5. Youth Engagement
6. Cultural Competency and Responsiveness
7. Family, School, and Community Relationships
8. Safety and Wellness
9. Program Planning and Development
10. Professional Development and Leadership
Core Knowledge and Competencies
Core knowledge and competencies serve to establish agreements across programs and funding streams about what it takes to work with and on behalf of children and youth.
Register for four days of networking, learning and inspiration including special events, sessions, daily keynotes and an interactive Learning Expo all designed to meet the needs of the developing professionals and emerging and current leaders of afterschool. Registration includes everything described above, as well as, our welcome reception, Monday and Tuesday lunches in the learning Expo and continental breakfast on Wednesday.
March 15 - 18, 2020
Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center
Please note, you will be asked to create an account through our registration software, which is the first step to registration. When registering, there are no single-day registration rates, only full registration rates as listed below.
Join the Afterschool for All Challenge on March 18th!
As part of NAA Convention 2020, NAA and the Afterschool Alliance are joining forces to SPEAK UP and advocate for afterschool. You can be part of it! On the final day of NAA Convention 2020, from 10am-6pm, you and participating colleagues will board buses and head to Capitol Hill for Congressional meetings. The Challenge will close with an energetic celebration before busing back to the hotel. Pre-registration for the Challenge is required and includes a small fee of $30. You’ll find more details when registering for Convention.
NAA20 Convention Registration Rates - Lowest Rate Ends February 28th
Registration Includes FREE 12-month Executive Membership with NAA
In order to receive the discounted registration rates available, payment must be received within 30 days of registering, or the rates will increase according to the tiered registration schedule.
For questions about registration, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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NAA encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its Convention. If you anticipate needing accommodations or have questions about the access provided, please contact email@example.com prior to registering.
Substitutions for participants are accepted at any time. Refund requests are considered on a case by case basis and not all requests will be granted. For those requests that have been granted, refunds are subject to a processing fee. To be considered for a refund, requests must be submitted within 30 days of registration via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Responses to requests will be sent on March 20, 2020.
The call for presenters is now closed.
Thank you so much for your submissions. We will get back to you with the decisions by November 15th.
Key Dates for Presenters
October 14th - CFP Closes
November 15th - Notification of session decision.
November 30th - Deadline to confirm session acceptance.
January 15th - Deadline to register for Convention.
February 5th (Tentative) - Presenter Prep Webinar #1
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Get a Sense of NAA Convention 2020
Want to know if NAA Convention 2020 is right for you? Check out last year’s program book and highlights from NAA19 to get a sense of the experience what NAA Convention 2020 will be like. We’ll share a program book and more in early 2020!
We can’t wait to see you in Washington, DC March 15-18 2020!
NAA's mission is to be the voice of the afterschool profession dedicated to the development, education, and care of children and youth during their out-of-school hours. NAA board members are deeply committed to this mission. They bring expertise in key areas and represent diverse perspectives. The NAA board sets policies, establishes benchmarks to measure progress, and allocates resources. The board exercises strategic leadership through its focus on policy, direction, and strategy.
Chair of the Board
Chief Talent and Collaboration Officer
Vice Chair of the Board
National Vice President of Programs
After-School All Stars
Los Angeles, CA
Secretary of the Board
Treasurer of the Board
Vice President, Youth Development
YMCA of Central Maryland
Dale Blyth, Ph.D.
Retired Extension Professor and Howland Endowed Chair for Youth Development Leadership
College of Education and Human Development, University of Minnesota
St. Paul, MN
Tommy Brewer II
Deputy Chief of Innovations & Partnerships
Los Angeles, California
Senior Vice President, Youth Development
Boys & Girls Clubs of America
Director of Partnerships and Quality Initiatives
New Jersey School Age Care Coalition
Prime Time Palm Beach County
Boynton Beach, FL
Tasha Franklin Johnson, Ph.D.
Character Development Learning Institute at YMCA of the USA
Senior Advisor, Office of External Affairs and Communications
University of Cambridge
Senior Vice President, Strategy & Program
Erika E. Rucker
BREAD (Birmingham Regional Empowerment and Development Center)
Alabama Community Education Association
Michele Wilkens, Ed.D
Chief Academic Officer
Right at School
Planning, Program Integration and Evaluation at NYC Department of Youth & Community Development
New York City, NY
President and CEO
National AfterSchool Association