Awards & Recognition

NAA and our partners are doing some great things to elevate the field of afterschool!

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Webinar: 4 Easy Strategies to Build Supportive Afterschool Relationships

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Presented by Sanford Harmony

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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!

Sanford Harmony is a Pre-K - 6th grade SEL program that fosters respect, kindness and empathy and decreases teasing and bullying. Students practice communication skills and learn to regulate emotions as they connect, collaborate, and problem solve. The Harmony Program is donated to schools and afterschool programs at no cost by Philanthropist Denny Sanford.




AfterSchool's Guide to Building English Language Learners' Literacy

ELLCoverGraphicFor the more than 4 million English language learner students who attend public schools nationwide, it’s critical to provide support for developing their literacy skills, in and out of school. The National Afterschool Association, collaborating with the Afterschool Alliance, created The Afterschool Guide to Building English Language Leaners’ Literacy, a free eBook filled with valuable information, tools and strategies specifically designed for the afterschool environment.

Please log in to download this member-only resource!


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How to Start an Afterschool Program

ASProgramGraphic110 Things to Consider for a New Afterschool Program.

When organizations or individuals decide to start an afterschool program it is often in response to a community need. Afterschool programs vary widely in frequency, program length and content and demographics of young people served.

The following resource will educate you on topics including:

  • Types of programs offered
  • Quality standards
  • Populations served
  • Licensing
  • Facilities
  • Creating partnerships
  • Staffing
  • Curriculum and activities
  • Funding
  • Additional support/resources

To access, you’ll first need to join NAA. There are two levels of membership available:
Ambassador (Free)
Executive ($99/year)

Once you join, click on the “Program Resources” tab in your account or directly, by clicking here:


5 Ways to Build Strong Relationships with Families

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As professionals in the field of afterschool and expanded learning, it is important to remember that we need to actively build strong engagement with families when they can come to the school or program. Understanding that families are busy and frequently overwhelmed can help us think about how we can build stronger connections with families when they pick up or drop off their children at your program.

Here are five quick techniques that help to build strong relationships in a fast-paced culture.

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About NAA
NAA is the membership association for professionals who work with children and youth in diverse school and community-based settings to provide a wide variety of extended learning opportunities and care during out-of-school hours. Learn More!

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The Best Year in Afterschool

BestYearGraphicIt’s hard to believe the holiday season is almost here! Soon a new year will be upon us—a time when we naturally reflect on the past year and think about our hopes and wishes for the new one.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your valued membership. Because of your partnership, NAA is able to provide afterschool leaders with tools and resources to assist you with you and your staff’s growth and development. I hope you’ve found them beneficial.

As a token of our appreciation, please enjoy this gift—a leadership exercise that encourages you to pause and reflect on the past year while also taking the time to plan for 2018.

Together, let’s make 2018 the Best Year in Afterschool ever!



Core Knowledge and Competencies

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

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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.

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Core Knowledge and Competencies Assessment Tools
These tools serve to help professionals self-evaluate and develop a personal Professional Development Action Plan.

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We want your stories about BOLD afterschool leaders and programs – Submit today!

As NAA celebrates its 30th Anniversary at the upcoming 2018 Annual Convention, NAA President & CEO Gina Warner will reflect on the history of NAA and the afterschool field. Her keynote will also include stories of BOLD afterschool leaders and programs. Who do you know who has been an inspiration to the field?

Submit your stories here!



Gina Warner
President and CEO, National AfterSchool Association

Gina Warner is president and CEO of the National AfterSchool Association (NAA). Gina began her afterschool career as a teen in 4-H programs in rural Alabama, and has continued to work at the intersection of education, youth development, public policy, and non-profit leadership throughout her career. She relies on her experience as a classroom teacher, an attorney, a U.S. Senate staffer, and a citywide out-of-school time leader to guide her work. As the leader of NAA, Gina works to meet the needs of both emerging and experienced afterschool professionals through enhanced training and development, increased communication, outreach, and membership engagement.


2018 Exhibit Listing

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ORGANIZATION                                                                      BOOTH #
220 Youth Leadership  103 116
6 Crickets 422
826 National 226
9 Square in the Air 108
AfterSchool21 Programs 231
Afterschool Alliance 420
Amazon Business & Alliance for a Healthier Generation Grand Hall Foyer
American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture 426
American Pyrotechnics Safety & Education Foundation 404
Aperture Education 102
Army Educational Outreach Program (NSTA) 224
Artportunity Knocks 423
Berlitz Virtual Classroom 316
Better Kid Care PYD Modules 202
Blocks Rock! 319
Box Cars and One Eyed Jacks 104
Box Hockey International, Inc. 428
Building Educated Leaders for Life (BELL) 315
CFF Systems 312
ChildCare Careers, LLC 110
ChildCare Education Institute 303
Cirrus Group LLC 100
Click2Science 106
Community Pass 322
Council on Accreditation 411
Creative Spaces 419
Dignity of Children, Inc. 318
DimensionU Grand Hall Ballroom Foyer
Econocrafts 105
Edible Education LLC 117
Educational Innovations, Inc. 112
Education Through Entertainment and Arts Partnership 403
Eleyo 207
Every Monday Matters 305
EZCare 211
EZChildTrack / EZReports 300
The First Tee 230
Florida Association for Child Care Management (FACCM) 227
Foundations, Inc. 115
The Fund Raising School 201
Fun Express 313
JA Food Service 205
Jackrabbit Care 408
Kaplan Early Learning Company 107
Keedgo 421
Kendama USA 425
Kinderlime 217
Kiwanis Youth Programs 101
The Leadership Program 311
MANGO Math Group 221
Marathon Kids 405
MindWorks Resources 306
MySchoolBucks/Heartland School Solutions 113
National AfterSchool Association (NAA) 410
National Energy Education Development Project 232
National Family Engagement Alliance 210
National Institute on Out-of-School Time 200
National Inventors Hall of Fame/Camp Invention 320
Nexplore Enrichments 314
Omnikin Balls for Fitness and Fun 424
PCG Education 417
PCS Edventures 119
Peachjar, Inc. 223
Playworks, Education Energized 111
Positive Action 229
RevTrak 118
S&S Worldwide 402
SmartCare 109
Speed Stacks, Inc. 222
Sprout Circuit 228
SSI Out-of-School & Sportime featuring SPARK 308
STEMfinity 204
STEM Nola 414
SumBlox 413
TeacherGeek 225
TEN80 Partners Driving STEM 324
The +|- Code 302
Trekkers 114
Two by Two Character Development 325
U.S. Soccer Foundation 209
The Walking Classroom Institute 407
WINGS for Kids 220
Wonder Kits 406
WRiTE BRAiN Books 213
Wyman's Teen Outreach Program 233
You CAN Do the Rubik's Cube 304
YouthPower365 317
Youth Today 218




Presenter FAQs

Proposal Submission, Review and Selection

When will the Call for Presenters Open?
The Call For Presenters is open September 4 - October 14, 2019. Download the Educational Session Proposal Template to plan out your proposal. When you’re ready, submit it via the Presenter Portal.

When will the Call for Presenters informational webinar take place?
The Call for Presenters informational webinar will take place on Wednesday, September 18th at 1:00pm ET / 10:00am PT. You can register here.

How many sessions do you plan to accept?
Due to space and schedule, we are anticipating accepting up to:

  • 70 workshops and panels
  • 40 sparks
  • 20 leadership intensives
  • 5 community showcase presentations

Proposals are only accepted through the Presenter Portal. Submit your proposal by 11:59pm ET on Tuesday, October 14, 2019. We do not accept proposals via email and can not extend the deadline.

What presentation formats are offered at NAA Convention 2020?
There are five educational session formats available at NAA Convention 2020:

  • Workshop (60 minutes) – These sessions are interactive with hands-on learning experiences, discussions, and activities that involve participants.
  • Panel (60 minutes) – These sessions feature up to three panelists and a moderator who share insights and different perspectives on a specific topic. Panels should allow for at least 15 minutes of audience Q&A throughout your presentation.
  • Spark (30 minutes) – These are quick informational sessions with key takeaways, a short lecture, or a TED Talk-style presentation. Held at the end of the day, every day, no Q&A is required for these short sessions.
  • Leadership Intensive (2 hours) – Intended to be focused on leadership and professional development, these sessions take a deep dive into a topic and should be led by experienced trainers and leaders.
  • Community Showcase (15 mins or less) – Our version of TED talks! A brief 5-15 min prepared presentation with a clear story arc, delivered from the main stage to our full audience of 1,500 participants during a general session. We’re seeking to highlight inspiration, takeaways, and innovations from our community. Finalists will be determined in the CFP process, with a second round of selection taking place November through January, where you’ll be invited to submit a video pitch.

What are your presenter requirements?
Presenter requirements:

  • Before submitting a proposal to present, please ensure you are available to present at any point during March 15-18, 2020. Breakout sessions will be hosted on all conference dates.
  • If selected to present you will be required to confirm you plans to present by November 26, 2019.
  • If selected, you must pay for conference registration by January 15, 2020. Lead presenters are given a $200 discount off of registration fees, but co-presenters, panelists, and other speakers are not offered a discount.
  • You will be notified if your proposal is accepted by November 16. If selected, we’ll share your exact presentation date and time in December. Presenters not registered by January 15, 2020 will have their session(s) cancelled.

I’ve submitted my session proposal. When will I hear if my session was accepted?
We will contact all submitters and presenters via email on Friday, November 16, 2019 with the status of your proposal (accepted, alternate, or declined).

I received an email that my session proposal is being considered as an alternate. What does that mean?
Unfortunately, we cannot accept all session proposals to be included in NAA Convention 2020, and there are some that we consider as alternates in the event that we need additional sessions or have cancellations. We will contact all submitters and presenters of alternate sessions with the final status of your session by the end of January 2020.

Do presenters receive a discounted rate for registration?
Yes, lead presenters receive a $200 discount off of registration fees. We are not able to offer the discount to co-presenters, panelists, or facilitators.

Exhibitor Sessions

My session will include a product or service available to Convention participants. Do I need to also purchase exhibit space in the Learning Expo?
If you will be demonstrating or sharing products or services for purchase by participants, you will need to purchase exhibit space in the Learning Expo in order to have your proposal considered. We have a select number of sessions set aside for exhibitors, but it is still a competitive process and workshop content will be considered.

If you will be sharing free products or services, we encourage you to purchase exhibit space in the Learning Expo to reach the breadth of Convention participants. Either way, your proposal will be considered as part of the competitive review process and there is a chance you may be asked to purchase an exhibit space in order for your proposal to be accepted.

Can exhibitors present sessions?
Yes! We have a select number of sessions set aside for exhibitors, but it is still a competitive process that we take seriously, based on the quality of your session proposal.

If you are an exhibitor and would like to still submit a session proposal, please contact our Exhibitors and Sponsorships Team at

Confirmed exhibitors are welcome to submit their session ideas through the call for proposals. There is a question in the form that asks if you are sharing products or services for purchase or for free. Please make sure to answer that question accurately. If you have a product for purchase, you will need to purchase exhibit space in the Learning Expo in order to have your proposal considered.

I am an exhibitor and I have already submitted a session proposal. When will I hear back about the status of my proposal?
Exhibitor sessions are reviewed separately as part of the exhibitor track. We will confirm all exhibitor sessions by the end of January.

Submitting a Session Proposal

The Call for Presenters is open September 4 – October 14, 2019!

Download the Educational Session Proposal Template to plan out your proposal. When you’re ready, submit it via the Presenter Portal. Submit your proposal by 11:59pm ET on Tuesday, October 14, 2019. We do not accept proposals via email and can not extend the deadline.

What are some general tips and reminders for creating a competitive educational session proposal?
See some of our top tips below.

  • Use complete sentences in your proposal. This will help proposal reviewers and participants gain a clearer picture of what you plan to share and do in your session.
  • Write a title and description that are accurate, compelling, and would draw an audience. If your session is accepted, this information will be printed in the program book. This is how participants will decide if they wish to join your session. When you read your title and session description, would you be interested in attending?
  • Incorporate interactive components into your session. Participants aren’t likely to want to sit through a lecture – they want to work with and learn from each other. Consider ways to break up your session with activities, pair-and-shares, group discussions, and hands-on learning experiences. If you are doing a panel, remember to also leave time for audience Q&A.
  • Identify the right audience experience level for your session. Participants should feel like they are learning something new, working toward advancing to the next level in their careers, and are continually engaged during a session. Review the content levels below to determine which level your session best aligns with.
  • The maximum number of presenters for each session is four: one lead presenter (who will serve as the main contact for the session) and up to three co-presenters. We recommend no more than two total presenters to maximize your time and simplify planning.
  • Presenting at Convention is an excellent opportunity to highlight the important work you do and a great learning opportunity. Consider what you do well that can be taught to others. The goal is to replicate success and build capacity for the field!

Will I be able to edit my session proposal once I’ve submitted it?
Yes! You can log back in and edit your proposal any time between September 4 – October 14. We close the platform at 11:59pm PT on October 14, so make sure to fully complete your proposal and finish any editing before midnight.

I’ve never presented before. Can I still submit a session proposal?
Yes! We encourage staff of all levels of experience to submit a proposal. It takes a lot of work to present at Convention, but it’s an excellent opportunity to highlight the important work you do, gain valuable leadership experience, and build the afterschool profession.

Please note that two-hour leadership intensives are intended to be led by experienced trainers and leaders.

I can only present on a specific day during Convention. Can I still submit a proposal?
All potential presenters should plan to attend all of Convention, and be prepared to present on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday. If accepted, we’ll share your exact presentation date and time in December. If you have an extenuating circumstance, please contact presentation managers at

Where can I learn more about NAA’s Core Knowledge and Competencies (CKCs)?
Click here to learn more about NAA’s CKCs.

Question not covered here? Contact our presentation managers at


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