NAA hosts a variety of events for the afterschool community, each designed to encourage networking, education, and advocacy for the field.


Events coming soon!

PE in OST: Safe Healthy & Fun Group Management
April 5, 2017 | Tucson, AZ
Get ready to lead dynamic physical activity programming that reinforces positive behavior AND keeps all kids engaged and active! In this high-energy, interactive workshop, expert coach Jason Jamison will guide you through a variety of interactive games and sports that demonstrate how to manage large groups of youth effectively.

Owl and Panther: Helping Refugee Youth Move Through the Darkness
April 6, 2017
Join presenter Marge Pellegrino for an eye-opening webinar on how youth program staff can provide guidance and support to refugee youth, and help them to successfully adapt to life in their new country. Marge will share her knowledge and best practices from her 17 years working with Tucson’s refugee community.

Save, Spend or Splurge: Make a Splash with Financial Literacy
April 12, 2017 | Phoenix, AZ
Financial literacy is an important life skill- and it’s never too early to start learning! Join financial consultant and former Education Director of Take Charge of America Michael Sullivan as he debuts “The Minnow Tank (of Savers)”, a new financial literacy curriculum specifically developed for out-of-school time programs!

Youth Leading the Way: Service Learning and Civic Engagement in OST
April 13, 2017
Join presenter Paloma Ibañez, former Program Manager for Young People For and Inspire Arizona, for a one-hour webinar on how you can easily implement service learning and civic engagement projects in your program. Learn how youth voice and choice can create fun and meaningful activities that will connect youth with their community and your program.

Parent Engagement: Turning Families into Fans!
April 19, 2017 | Flagstaff, AZ
Do the parents in your program just come and go, or are they engaged in all of the great things their child is doing in the program? Join inspirational speaker Larry Kerby as he demonstrates quick, easy and fun strategies for creating powerful connections and lasting relationships with parents. In this engaging training you will discover the importance of parent engagement – and how it makes your job easier!

Building Literacy Through Wildlife
April 22, 2017 | Phoenix, AZ
Join the Arizona Game and Fish Department for an engaging, hands-on workshop that will introduce educators to practical techniques and ideas to integrate reading and writing into science instruction, with an emphasis on wildlife. Both fiction and non-fiction readings will be used to engage participants. In addition, a variety of science writing skills will be covered. Activities are designed for a wide range of grade levels.

Leadership Series Part 1: "Train Your Staff Like a Pro"
April 25, 2017 | Phoenix, AZ
As a manager, ensuring that your staff is prepared and well-trained is a top priority. How can you ensure that staff leave your trainings with the skills and information they need to implement in their programs? Join master coach and professional speaker Andrea Beaulieu for this 5-hour intensive workshop that will give you the confidence and tools to Train Your Staff Like A Pro.

Leadership Series Part 2: "Leading With Emotional Intelligence" and "Strategic Planning for Your Program"
April 26, 2017 | Phoenix, AZ
Leading with Emotional Intelligence: What is Emotional Intelligence (“EI”) and why is it so important for leaders and managers to possess it? Studies show that managers who demonstrate EI are more likely to have employees who are productive, engaged, and invested in their work. In fact, EI can often make the difference between a manager who is “just OK” and one who is “outstanding.” So, how can you become one of those outstanding managers?

Strategic Planning for Your Program: “A failure to plan is a plan for failure,” right? Well, a strategic plan is a plan for success! NAA Afterschool Ambassador Jeremy King will present a 2-hour interactive workshop that will help you craft a strategic plan that will maximize your resources, energize your staff with a shared vision, and create the best possible program for youth!

Boost Conference
Apil 18-21, 2017 | Palm Springs, CA
Set in a retreat-like atmosphere, this annual, extraordinary event will rejuvenate your passion, boost your direction for quality programming and provide tools and resources that will inspire you to create change.

Lifting Up Leadership at Every Level
April 18-21, 2017 | Palm Springs, CA
Expanded Learning Programs are a catalyst for creating long lasting social change. Today, we’ve seen our most cherished values – inclusion, honoring difference, and a shared humanity – under attack. In this moment of concern, we are called to lead our programs, communities and families with an unwavering commitment to creating safe, supportive and responsive environments for our most vulnerable. At the same time, we must act courageously to confront the unknowns ahead by actively embracing the relationship between our inner and outer leadership compass. From front line staff to program directors, from self to systems, and everything in between – we are the ones we have been waiting for.

Inspiring Great Leaders!
April 29, 2017 | San Ramon, CA
Save the date for the upcoming 2017 Inspiring Great Leaders Conference hosted by Kids' Country! Lunch is included in this all day conference. Register before March 15th to receive the discounted registration of only $50. Registration on-site will be $60 if there is space available. We look forward to seeing you in San Ramon at Quail Run Kids' Country on Saturday, April 29th!

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First Fridays - Creating Theater Magic in Your Program
April 7, 2017 | Hartford, CT
Performing arts can be found in many forms and variations, and can fit into any program! Whether your budget is tight, your time frame is short, or you just don’t know where to start, you will be provided with tools and insight to help you make theater enrichment a reality in your program. The possibilities are endless, and so are the benefits for your students.

Deep Dives - Creating Aligned Interactions...
April 19, 2017 | New Britain, CT
Relationships are at the center of the work we are doing. Each of us has countless interactions with people throughout the course of the day that have varying degrees of impact on programming. The quality of these interactions often relate to the spaces programs can use, the level of trust and buy-in linked to school-community partnerships, and the continuation of funding as a result of coordinated advocacy efforts. In this session we will briefly cover research-based elements that are necessary in creating these conditions and discuss recommendations and barriers to implementation.

Directors & Supervisors Training Event
April 21, 2017 | Hartford, CT
As directors and supervisors you are called upon daily to solve problems and put out fires. Too often your own professional development and self-care takes that back seat to managing problems. We invite you to join us for our Special Training Event for Directors and Supervisors for Spring 2017. This session is designed for afterschool professionals currently, or aspiring to be, in a leadership position at the program or site level. Learn from active skill-building workshops, participate in the Directors Panel and Lunch Roundtable Discussion with colleagues from across Connecticut, and gain tips for re-energizing yourself and your program.

Deep Dives - Unlocking the Mystery of STEM
April 24, 2017 | New London, CT
Incorporating STEM into your program begins with realizing how much STEM you’re already doing, and learning to capitalize on STEM in your everyday activities. Explore key strategies for identifying and lifting up STEM in your program. Make STEM fun and easy for children with a variety of different learning and interactive styles. Overcome barriers to STEM like staff anxiety or the perception that STEM is boring or hard. Help children build a more inquisitive and engaged way of thinking. Identify areas where children need extra support, and make skill-building fun and empowering for children and educators alike. Come to this workshop ready to play and learn, and leave inspired to bring STEM to life in your program!

First Fridays - Making Memories
May 5, 2017 | Hartford, CT
What is the perfect end of year celebration? How do we make something that children will cherish and families will regret not being a part of if they miss it? It could be as simple as a family dinner, a picnic, a talent show, or an end-of-year carnival. In this engaging Cinco de Mayo First Friday, we will discuss ideas that can be rolled out in time for the end of the school year. Join us afterward for a walking field trip to Bear’s BBQ (bring money for lunch) to continue the discussion over lunch.

Deep Dives - Giving Your Summer Space a Makeover
May 10, 2017 | Milford, CT
Transforming a classroom to feel like a “camp” atmosphere that is fun and engaging can be a challenge. Often children are in there from 7am-6pm and programming can quickly become stale. In this session we will discuss ways to get your summer program having more of a camp-feel in a non-camp setting (i.e. school building). Participants will come away with sample ideas, program schedules, and themes that will keep staff and children engaged all summer long.

Supervisor Foundations - Supervising 101
May 18, 2017 | Hartford, CT
In the after school field we can come to the role of supervisor by many different paths. We know that strong leadership is an essential ingredient in a high quality program. It is with this in mind that we are offering a four-part course in youth development and leadership.

Double Deep Dives - ADHD/Autism
May 22, 2017 | Milford, CT
In this full-day workshop, dive deep into strategies to support children with ADHD and with Autism. ADHD is one of the most frequent diagnoses in young people, and can be befuddling and overwhelming to adults. Understand the diagnosis better, separate myth from fact, and explore concrete strategies for helping children learn self-regulation and focus while building self-esteem. Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorders is on the rise, and the diagnosis itself has just changed dramatically. Learn what Autism is and explore the vast array of different elements of this complex diagnosis. Explore research-based strategies to support success in children who have Autism, and discover ways to build skills to equip the children you serve for success today and in the future.

Double Deep Dives - De-Escalation for Summer
May 30, 2017 | Hartford, CT
The full-day format of summer programs comes with a host of benefits and opportunities, but sometimes it also comes with intense, even extreme behaviors. How do you handle situations where a child is fighting, running, screaming, destroying things, or otherwise endangering him/herself or others? Serious behavioral issues are a missed opportunity. Instead of trying to contain or manage the problem, we could and should be taking advantage of the summer and equipping children for happiness and success. In this intensive day long Double Deep Dive session, we’ll take a close look at why children escalate and how to deescalate them, including hands-on, powerful tools and approaches that turn the most challenging behaviors into meaningful opportunities for lasting growth and social-emotional learning while keeping children and staff safe. Participants will receive opportunities to practice new skills and troubleshoot their own real-life scenarios.

First Fridays - Teaming Up With Parents & Caregivers
June 2, 2017 | Hartford, CT
Engaging families in your program starts with finding lots of ways to include parents so that they feel like part of what’s happening. The trouble is, some parents are too busy, while others may be a bit difficult to work with. Back by popular demand, this workshop explores ways to include parents and caregivers in your program on different levels, to welcome non-traditional family models, and to make each family feel like a part of your program’s warm and welcoming community. Build stronger bridges with families and see what a difference it makes!

Frontline Foundations - Summer 101
June 7-9, 2017 | Hartford, CT
This three-day training series prepares new summer program staff with the essential skills they need to be a successful part of a high-quality summer program team. Six two-hour workshops in key areas will provide a foundation of knowledge, ideas, activities, and hands-on tools that will set any summer program staff member up for excellence!

CLASP Alumni Event
June 16, 2017 | Hartford, CT
Join us for lunch and conversation and hear from national experts on topics that connect your program with the larger field of after school and expanded learning.

2017 Afterschool Conference
September 27-29, 2017 | Orlando, FL
Located at the Coronado Springs Disney Resort.

31st Annual Spring AfterSchool Conference Celebration
April 29, 2017 | Lisle, IL
The 31st Annual Spring AfterSchool Conference will be held on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at the Sheraton Hotel in Lisle, IL. More information will be posted soon!

2017 Indiana Summit on Out-of-School Learning
April 10-11, 2017 | Indianapolis, IN
The 2017 Summit brings together youth programs and community partners to connect, learn new ideas, access valuable resources, and transform learning beyond the school day for Indiana youth.

Events coming soon!

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Creating Positive Climates for Youth
June 29-30, 2017 | Portland, ME
The Maine Event: Creating Positive Climates for Youth is the 2017 combined annual conference of the Positive Youth Development Institute (PYDI) and the Collaborative for Perpetual Innovation (CPI). For professionals interacting with youth in or out of school, this conference offers the latest in research and practice in creating climates positive for everyone and strategies in social trust and youth development. Come visit the beautiful state of Maine this June and attend.

Events coming soon!

Events coming soon!

Michigan AfterSchool Association 2017 Summer Conference
May 12, 2017 | Lansing, MI
The Michigan Afterschool Association Spring Conference 2017 is a professional development event for the Michigan out-of-school time community, including teachers, on-site staff, administrators, child care providers, and parents. The Spring Conference 2017 is sponsored by the Michigan AfterSchool Association (MAA). The Spring Conference 2017 is being held at the Crowne Plaza Lansing-West hotel on Friday, May 12, 2017. It is anticipated that 300 – 350 after-school administrators and practitioners will attend the conference.

Early Childhood Professions Expo
April 22, 2017 | Minneapolis, MN
Join us for this FREE day of networking and learning. Find pathways to higher education, training, financial aid, and career advancement in the early childhood field.

Super School-Age Saturday: (Re)Imagine the Power of Youth
April 29, 2017 | St. Paul, MN
Join us for a high-energy day that will give you “ready-made” activities and ideas to improve your programming right away. This is a perfect training for staff who educate and care for school-age children and youth. Registration Fee: $70 for MnSACA members; $80 for nonmembers.

Documenting Best Practice: Creating a Streamlined Classroom Portfolio
April 29, 2017 | Golden Valley, MN
Participants will collect and evaluate key sources of evidence to include in a classroom portfolio in order to meet NAEYC Accreditation Standards and Criteria, and prepare at least two sources of evidence using the Index Tool. Registration Fee: $25 for a MnAEYC or MnSACA member; $30 for a non-member.

Leadership Journey Series: Building Skills (Option B - Series 2)
September 5, 2017 | St. Paul, MN
Administering a high-quality early childhood program is an awesome responsibility; one that requires specialized knowledge and skills. Perhaps you feel like your education may not have fully prepared you for your current position. Perhaps you struggle to find trainings that truly meet your needs. Perhaps you never envisioned yourself in this leadership role. Whatever your story, we welcome you to join us for a leadership series designed especially for you!

Events coming soon!

Events coming soon!

Events coming soon!

Soaring Beyond Expectations: A Statewide Afterschool Celebration
June 7, 2017 | Monroe Township, NJ
This event is open statewide to anyone interested in utilizing afterschool, before school, or summer school as a strategy to improve youth's knowledge and skills and engage them in meaningful learning opportunities.

Leading for Quality
August 8-10, 2017 | Westfield, NJ
This training is created specifically for you, New Jersey’s out-of-school time professionals, by the National Institute on Out-of-School-Time (NIOST). This year’s focus is: to develop your leadership skills, to foster relationships with your staff, and the youth and families you serve, and to positively impact the quality of your program. So, come boost your leadership skills, learn how to strengthen your organization through a variety of hands on, experiential learning activities and leave with a program improvement plan specific to your site.

NJSACC Annual Conference: Afterschool: What's Next? Thinking Outside the Box
November 17, 2017 | Princeton, NJ
More details coming soon!

2017 Annual Conference
March 31-April 1, 2017 | Saratoga Springs, NY
Preparing Youth for the Future Through Social and Emotional Learning.

Synergy 2017
April 3-5, 2017 | Charlotte, NC
The 2017 Synergy Conference, Spring into STEM, will be held on April 3-5, 2017 at the Hilton Charlotte University Place.

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Oregon Afterschool Conference 2017
November 4, 2017 | Salem, Oregon
Choose Your Own Adventure.

PENN SACCA's 20th Annual Statewide Conference
November 10-11, 2017 | Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
More details coming soon!

SD Early Childhood Education Conference
April 20-22, 2017 | Sioux Falls, SD

2017 Annual SoDakSACA Directors Retreat
April 27, 2017 | Keystone, SD
Betting on OST: Where the Kids Always Win! Join us for some fun learning and games to rejuvenate your life and your program.

South Dakota Afterschool Game On!
October 5-7, 2017 | Pierre, SD
Each October, SoDakSACA sponsors a statewide conference for professionals working with school-age children to fit its mission in promoting quality improvement through professional development. Approximately 200 after school directors and staff and others attend this annual conference for the excellent keynotes, workshop sessions and networking opportunities it affords.

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STEM Saturday
May 6, 2017 | Salt Lake City, UT
The 3rd STEM Saturday training will be held in Salt Lake City on May 6, 2017. This half-day training will provide resources for implementing STEM into afterschool programs.

13th Annual Jump Start Conference 
October 13, 2017 | Ogden, UT
The 13th Annual Jump Start Conference will be held at the Eccles Conference Center in Ogden, UT on October 13-14, 2017. This two-day statewide conference is a great way to network with others and learn new ideas to implement into your afterschool program.

Vermont Afterschool Conference
November 3, 2017 | Stowe, VT
The Vermont Afterschool Conference is an annual event that brings together hundreds of expanded learning programs, partners, advocates, and educators from around the state for a full day of learning, networking, and celebration.

8th Annual VPOST Conference
September 18, 2017 | Newport News, VA
Save the Date! The 8th Annual VPOST Conference will be Monday, September 18, 2017, at the Newport News Marriott at City Center!

2017 WAA Annual Conference
April 28-29, 2017 | Wisconsin Dells, WI

WYAA Annual Conference
October 4-5, 2017 | Cheyenne, WY
Our 9th annual conference on afterschool programs will take place at Little America Hotel & Resort in Cheyenne, WY.