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You're Invited - NAA23 OST Thriving Workforce Summit

Thursday, 19 January 2023 09:50

NAA’s Convention is a time for leaders to come together to network, problem-solve, and celebrate. In 2023 we are offering two invitation-only opportunities to influencers, leaders, and key stakeholders.


If you have already registered for Convention and want to save a spot in the invitation-only events email your request to

If you haven’t made plans to join us yet, use this special link to register for Convention and to save yourself a spot for the annual leadership celebration and OST Thriving Workforce Stakeholder Summit. 


All events occur at the Gaylord Hotel and Convention Center outside Orlando in Kissimmee, Florida.

Celebration of Leadership Reception - Monday, March 20- 5:45-6:45pm, Citrus Ballroom

This year’s invitation-only leadership reception, sponsored by the New York Life Foundation, celebrates all the leaders of our field! Connect with other field leaders, congratulate the 2023 class of Next Generation of Afterschool Leaders, and hear inspirational remarks from NAA Leadership.

OST Thriving Workforce Stakeholder Summit - Monday, March 20 and Tuesday, March 21, Escambia Room (see specific times and sessions below)

In partnership with our State Affiliates, NAA has fostered positive youth outcomes by supporting, developing, and advocating for afterschool professionals and leaders for over thirty years. Staff recruitment and retention challenges remain the most significant barrier in the Out-of-School Time field. As the professional association supporting out-of-school time professionals, it is clear that it is time to focus attention on the issue of job quality in our sector. Since launching our Thriving Workforce initiative, we have explored and defined OST job quality and are now ready to move from attention to action in building a future that results in higher quality jobs for OST professionals, workforce stability and program quality that benefit youth, families, and communities.

You’re invited to the OST Stakeholder Summit: Building and Supporting a Thriving Workforce, participants will engage in the following: 

  • Review NAA’s Thriving Workforce Initiative 
  • Gain insight into the roles various stakeholders, such as private funders, public funders, governing boards, and organizational leaders, can play and the power they have in building and supporting a thriving workforce
  • Inform future national resources related to the OST workforce and job quality 
  • Develop a thriving workforce action plan to elevate job quality within their sphere of influence 

Who Should Attend - Including, but Not Limited to: NAA State Affiliate Leaders and teams; 50 Statewide Afterschool Network Leads and teams; 21st CCLC state coordinators; state and local education agency leaders and staff; state and local childcare administrators and staff; elected and other government officials; public, private and corporate funders; Next Gen Leader Honorees (past and present); city intermediary leaders; and national program leaders, NAA Board Members, and national intermediary leaders.

Invite Only OST Stakeholder Summit: Building and Supporting a Thriving Workforce

Monday, March 20th, 8:45 -10:45 am 

In this first session, we will review NAA’s Thriving Workforce Initiative, get an update on how this initiative has evolved over the past year, and set the stage for the OST Stakeholder Summit. During this session, participants will learn about the various streams of federal funding and how public funds can support OST job quality. 

Monday, March 20th, 3:30-4:45 pm 

In the second session, we will build on the conversation of how stakeholders can support a thriving workforce by engaging with a panel of private funders. This session will also give participants time to ask questions and discuss ideas with one another. 

Tuesday, March 21, 9:15-10:45 am 

In this final session, participants learn how to enact change and bring board members and leadership into the conversation of OST job quality. Participants will also provide input on national resources related to the OST workforce, job quality, and action plans to move this work forward.