How we think about job quality can directly impact staff retention and workforce development. To explore the idea of job quality and what it means for our field, we interviewed folks from across the country. Next in our series is Zakir McKenzie Parpia, Director of Programs with NAA's State Affiliate, California School-Age Consortium.
How we think about job quality can have a direct impact on staff retention and workforce development. To explore the idea of job quality and what it means for our field we interviewed folks from across the country. First up in our series is Sheneika Simmons, Program Coordinator with the North Carolina Center for Afterschool Programs.
The staff and Board of the National AfterSchool Association are pleased to announce the hiring of Jessica Hay (she/her) as the Association’s new Director of Communications and Member Engagement.
As National AfterSchool Association’s new Director of Advocacy and Workforce Initiatives, I am working to bring together stakeholders from across the country to better support afterschool professionals and increase job quality. I hope you continue to engage in this conversation and join me at the National Afterschool Association Convention, March 20-23, 2022, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The OST field is often on the front lines. We’re a primary point of contact for youth and their families, which makes us integral to supporting families in fighting the Covid-19 pandemic. Education about eligibility requirements, efficacy and safety are essential components, but removing obstacles and facilitating access may be even more important.
In 2020, given the Movement for Black Lives, the rise in hate crimes against Asian-Americans, immigrants, and members of the transgender community, and numerous injustices that, while not new, were finally being recognized more broadly, NAA doubled down its focus on building equity, access, and connections.