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Calling All Play Advocates: Enter for a chance to win a Play All May Backpack and Kit

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The National AfterSchool Association is looking for 85 Ambassador members to celebrate “Play All May”– an annual celebration spearheaded by The Genius of Play.

Enter to Win:

What is Play All May?
A month-long celebration of play championed by The Genius of Play, a non-profit initiative whose mission is to spread the word about the benefits of play and encourage families to play more. The second annual Play All May will take place in May 2020.

How Can Afterschool Professionals Participate?
Enter above to participate, choose any day in May to hold an event in celebration of Play All May and receive a turn-key Play All May Backpack and Kit! The Genius of Play asks that you provide the date and location of your event in advance so that they can notify local media (yes, free PR for your program!) Following the event, you will be asked to submit 2-3 pictures of it (the pictures will not be shared publicly by The Genius of Play and are just requested as a proof that the event has taken place).

What is in the Kit?

  • Laminated cards with six fun, easy-to-implement group activities for kids (primary focus is 6-8 years old but can be adapted for younger/older).
  • Simple “equipment” for those activities that require it (e.g. a stress ball for Hot Potato).
  • Reproducible letter to parents with facts about the benefits of play and a family activity to do at home.
  • A poster about play with six additional play-based, skill-building activities you can implement in your program.

Why Do We Need a Special Celebration of Play?
While experts continue to make a powerful argument for the importance of play in children’s lives, the actual time children spend playing continues to decrease. Crowded and overly structured schedules, competitive parenting culture, increased focus on academics and testing in schools and the growing amount of screen time are some of the key reasons behind the decline in play. Play All May brings play back in the spotlight by celebrating its critical role in child development and reminding everyone about the benefits of playtime.

For more information on the importance of play, visit https://www.thegeniusofplay.org/

Questions? Contact info@naaweb.org


2020 Exhibit Listing

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ORGANIZATION                                                                      BOOTH #
220 703
3DuxDesign 308
6crickets Inc. 504
ACRES Project at MMSA 700
Afterschool Alliance 706
America's Foundation for Chess 800
Art of Stepping 600
AstroCamp Virginia 317
California Academy of Sciences 500
Canopy Management System 216
Cayen Systems 215
Cedar Fair Entertainment 108
ChildCare Education Institute 203
Click2SciencePD 412
Common Threads 503
DimensionU Inc. 812
EarthEcho International 603
Eleyo 616-617
EZCare 110
Foundations, Inc. 106
Global Game Changers Student Empowerment Program 413
Global Nomads Group 709
Hildo Out of School Time, LLC 401
kid-grit 214
Learning Wrap-Ups Inc. 707
MANGO Math Group 206
MindWorks Resources 301
MySchoolBucks-Heartland School Solutions 201
National AfterSchool Association (NAA) 715-716
National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST) 704
National Science Teaching Association 505
Nexplore 501
nFocus Solutions 101
Novelly 813
Osmo for Schools 407
PCS Edventures! 204
Pitsco Education 110, 102
Regpack 711
Rooted Red Creative 409
S&S Worldwide 605
Sanford Programs at National University 502
Skillastics 200, 202
Smartcare KidKiosk 601
Snapology 609
Source Code Technology 507
Speed Stacks, Inc. 218
SSI Out of School 209
STEMgineering Academy 701
Storytime STEM-packs 806
ThinkStretch 610
Two by Two Character Development 801
University Instructors Inc. 602
The Walking Classroom TBA
West Coast Edutainment Inc. 607
You CAN Do the Rubik's Cube 604




Membership Upgrade

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Every member of the National Afterschool Association (NAA) makes the afterschool profession stronger! We hope you have found your entry-level Ambassador membership valuable.

It might be time to upgrade your entry-level Ambassador membership to the Executive level if:

  • Your career has progressed since you first joined NAA
  • You are interested in advancing in the afterschool profession
  • You want your level of membership to reflect your deep commitment to the afterschool field.


Upgrade your membership to the Executive level and you'll have immediate access to:

  • Executive member-only professional development opportunities
  • The Executive Extra – your monthly leadership eNewsletter
  • Print subscription to AfterSchool Today Magazine
  • Opportunities to be published
  • Invitations to special Executive member-only events
  • National leadership opportunities
  • Individual insurance benefits



Webinar: How to Introduce Fun and Playful STEM Robotics in Your Afterschool Program

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Sponsored by:

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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!

In this webinar, we’ll:

  • Review the research and discuss the benefits of using robotics for your youngest learners
  • Provide real examples of how robotics can be successfully implemented in afterschool programs
  • Introduce KIBO, a screen-free, hands-on programmable robot kit that offers kids, ages 4- 7, a fun way to learn to code and have fun!


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Presented by:
Jason Innes

Manager of Curriculum Development and Training, KinderLab Robotics


About our sponsor:
KinderLab Robotics is the creator of KIBO, a screen-free robot kit based on 20 years of child development research that lets 4-7 year-olds build, code, decorate, and run their own robot. KIBO provides hands-on learning and engages young students to be producers and creators with technology. Educators can easily integrate robotics and coding within their afterschool programs for students to experience STEAM learning, with support from our comprehensive curriculum, lesson plans and activities.


Building Capacity of Leaders of Color (BCLC) Initiative

Afterschool programs across the country serve children and youth from diverse backgrounds. While staff who work directly with young people tend to be representative of the populations they serve, a racial leadership gap persists. Through this initiative and with the generous support of the S.D Bechtel Jr. Foundation, NAA seeks to help address this racial leadership gap and advance equity in the afterschool field. Elevating this topic so that the afterschool field can more intentionally and effectively create a leadership pipeline for people of color is critical and is a key element in ensuring that the afterschool workforce can best meet the needs of the young people it serves.

The Building Capacity for Leaders of Color Initiative will:

  • Pilot a national learning community for leaders of color in the afterschool field that builds capacity in equity-driven leadership practices and supports career advancement through personal exploration and analysis of power, privilege and oppression.
  • Conduct a survey of the afterschool workforce to identify opportunities and gaps in the field that will inform strategies for advancing equity in leadership.
  • Publish a report highlighting current practices in the afterschool field that build a pipeline for leaders or color and foster a culture that supports their retention and upward mobility.

Join the Leaders of Color Learning Community

In partnership with the California School-Age Consortium and drawing upon the success of their Leadership Development Institute (LDI) fellowship for emerging leaders of color, NAA will pilot a national learning community for leaders of color to foster a network of equity-driven leaders, deepen their equity analysis and skills to be agents of change, and create a roadmap that advances their career in the afterschool field.

Coming soon.

Get the Workforce Equity Report

This report will also include current demographic data of the afterschool workforce, as well as needs and opportunities that emerging and current leaders of color are facing in their efforts to advance and succeed as leaders.

Coming soon.

Contributing Partners

The National AfterSchool Association
The National AfterSchool Association (NAA) is the national membership organization for professionals who work with and on behalf of children and youth during out of school time. NAA's mission is to promote development, provide education and encourage advocacy for the out-of-school-time community to further the afterschool profession. An estimated 10.2 million children participate in afterschool programs each year and the industry employs an estimated 850,000. Visit https://naaweb.org/ for more information about the association.

California School-Age Consortium (CalSAC)
Since 1982, the California School-Age Consortium (CalSAC) has brought out-of-school time programs and professionals together to strengthen their skills, deepen their impact, and advocate for policies that benefit children and families. Through transformative training, leadership development and advocacy experiences, CalSAC is building a future where every child in California — regardless of income, race, or zip code — has access to high quality, affordable out-of-school time programs. CalSAC is a state affiliate of the National Afterschool Association. Visithttps://www.calsac.org/fellowships for more information.

Development Without Limits (DWL)
The team at Development Without Limits (DWL) envisions a world where every youth serving organization ensures that every child--especially those who have been historically underserved-- has engaging, affirming learning experiences. DWL builds the skills, knowledge and confidence of afterschool leaders so they are empowered to lead and sustain quality programs that will empower all youth to thrive. Visit www.developmentwithoutlimits.org for more information.

Policy Studies Associates (PSA)
Policy Studies Associates (PSA) provides research and program evaluation services that are rigorous, policy-relevant and have practical applications. For over 35 years, PSA experts have applied lessons learned about the quality, implementation and effectiveness of initiatives in education and afterschool to help leaders make sound decisions.

Public Profit
Public Profit helps mission-driven organizations measure and manage what matters, providing evaluation, strategic program design, training and capacity building, and data visualization services. The Public Profit team is passionate about using social science research methods to empower organizations to use evaluation findings to get better at what they do. Visit www.publicprofit.net for more information.

Advisory Group

Jonathan Brack, Foundation for California Community Colleges
Michelle Seija, Surge Institute
Jaynemarie Angba, Schusterman Foundation
Jen Curry, Change Impact
Dara Rose, Horizons National
Tommy Brewer, THINK Together
Tasha Johnson, YMCA of the USA
Jackie Jainga Hylseth, School’s Out Washington


Thank You for Being Counted

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We appreciate your help in this historic, national effort!

More About the National Afterschool Workforce Survey

Currently, there is limited information and demographic data about the afterschool workforce. The National AfterSchool Association wants to better understand the afterschool workforce so we can support professional growth, improve representation for all in advocacy efforts and help to advance equity within the field.

The National Afterschool Workforce Survey is NAA’s research endeavor to deliver a robust profile of the afterschool workforce, its experiences and perspectives. Your participation helps NAA uncover trends and identify opportunities and gaps in the field that will inform new strategies.

Thank you again for your support.

Check Out Some of NAA’s Other Resources & Initiatives

Building Capacity of Leaders of Color Initiative
In partnership with the California School-Age Consortium and drawing upon the success of their fellowship for emerging leaders of color, NAA will pilot a national learning community for leaders of color to foster a network of equity-driven leaders, deepen their equity analysis and skills to be agents of change, and create a roadmap that advances their career in the afterschool field.


NAA Convention 2020
The NAA Annual Convention is where afterschool professionals and leaders gather to get inspired, connected, learn and share! Your experience includes four days of networking, learning and inspiration: special events, workshops, daily keynotes and an interactive Learning Expo—all designed to meet the needs of the developing professionals and emerging and current leaders of afterschool.

In addition, on March 18th, the last day of NAA20 Convention, NAA and the Afterschool Alliance invite you to SPEAK UP and advocate for afterschool during the Afterschool for All Challenge.


Professional Development Articles
NAA publishes fresh, new content every week filled with meaningful articles and practical resources to strengthen your career, support quality in afterschool and build professional knowledge.



The Afterschool Guide to Building Relationships and Routines

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Just in time for Back to (After)School, we’re excited to release The Afterschool Guide to Building Relationships and Routines. Inside you’ll find over 30 carefully selected games and activities that help afterschool professionals create safe and supportive environments where young people can thrive.

Access this eBook on the Program Resources page of your membership profile.



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