Check out the latest news about NAA and special announcements pertinent to the field of afterschool.


What is a Virtual Convention?

NAA20 Reimagined is offered as a two-part virtual series.

Part 1 March 16 -18 - Live online events with inspirational and highly relevant keynotes and daily interactive sessions led by NAA’s Top Presenters. Information may be found at Live events were recorded and will be available in Part 2.

Part 2 April 19 - May 2 - NAA Convention is the place where afterschool professionals and leaders go to share, learn, connect and be inspired, and going virtual makes the experience more accessible than ever. NAA20 Reimagined Part 2 will incorporate all of this through live and recorded sessions, discussions boards, a virtual learning expo and more! Participants join at any time from desktops, laptops, tablets or mobile devices with the internet. Information may be found at and will be updated as details become available.

How will I participate in a Virtual Convention when I have a full schedule? What if we can’t join at a specific time?

Participants jcan oin at any time from desktops, laptops, tablets or mobile devices anywhere they can connect with the internet. Part 2 sessions will be available on-demand to watch at your convenience at anytime between April 19 and May 2. Several sessions from Part 1 were recorded and will be available to registered participants to watch at their convenience during Part 2.

Do I have to pay an additional fee for Virtual Convention?

There is no additional fee, as the convention itself transitioned to the Virtual Convention format. Your original registration fee covers all things related to the Virtual Convention.

How do I access the Virtual Convention?

Details on how to access the NAA20 Reimagined sessions will be provided to you via email. Please be sure to check your email and spam folders for the communications over the next several days.

Note, you will need to login to your NAA membership account to access instruction on how to join the virtual events. If you do not know your member login information, request a password reminder via this link in preparation for the event.

Will there be an Afterschool for All Challenge?

If you were registered for the Challenge you should have received an email with information about the virtual events from the Afterschool Alliance. Everyone can go to the Take Action Center to let your members of Congress know about all the important things afterschool programs do for your community.

How do we get our professional development hours?

A training certificate similar to what is typically offered in the Convention program book will be available for download on the NAA20 Reimagined Part 2 platform. The certificate may be used to document your hours.

If I wasn’t registered for NAA Convention 2020, is it possible to still register and participate in NAA20 Reimagined – Virtual Convention?

Yes. The cost to register is $635. To register, please visit the registration page here.


Can I get a refund for NAA Convention 2020 and/or the Afterschool for All Challenge?

Because we are not cancelling the event, but rather transitioning it to a virtual experience, the current NAA Convention 2020 refund/cancellation policy remains in effect. Refund requests will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

When will we be notified about the status of our refund requests?

Those who requested a refund should expect to hear from us by April 30th, hopefully sooner. We are working hard on this and will be in touch as soon as we have an update. Thank you for your continued patience and understanding.

In order to make a fully informed decision about participation, can you share more information about refunds for NAA20 Convention event and if there is a cost to participating in a virtual event?

Your participation in the NAA20 Reimagined Virtual Convention has no impact on the status of your refund request. We are doing our best to honor all requests and working tirelessly during this unprecedented time. We plan to provide an update on the status of all requests by March 20th. There is not an additional cost.

Therefore, we encourage your participation and encourage you to join us! NAA20 Reimagined Virtual Convention is a way afterschool professionals and leaders come together for inspiration during a time when face-to-face is not possible. In addition to connections and inspiration, participation provides opportunities for everyone to learn and share. The sessions will all be recorded, so even if you can’t participate in the live sessions, you can watch them during NAA20 Reimagined Part 2 April 19 -May 2.

Can I get a partial discount or a reduced rate for attending Virtual Convention?

We are not offering partial discounts or reduced rates at this time.

Can part of or all my fees be applied to next year?

We are exploring the available options.


NAA20 Reimagined - Virtual Convention Coming Soon!

NAA is more than a Convention—it’s a community. NAA Convention is the place where afterschool professionals and leaders go to share, learn, connect, and be inspired. NAA20 Reimagined - Virtual Convention will incorporate all of this and more!

What to Know Before You Go

We look forward to seeing you in the Washington, D.C., area for the National AfterSchool Association Convention 2020! The important details below will help you get ready and make the most of your time at NAA20.


What to Wear

Plan for business casual clothing, dress in layers and wear comfortable shoes.

Speaking of what to wear, the first public event is a Rally for Afterschool at the General Session on March 15 at 6 p.m. Participants wear statement clothing (like slogan t-shirts) and bring rally signs (or make them on-site) showing support of afterschool. During the Rally, participants sit in designated areas with other members of their states. A lead has been identified for each state who, if they haven’t already, will reach out to you with more details about the state plans for the Rally.

Prepare for Basic Needs

Plan to bring a water bottle and small snacks to stay hydrated and nourished. We’ll have water coolers and provide several opportunities for food, but you don’t want to miss anything because you’re stuck in line at the hotel gift shop!

Health and Wellness

With the ongoing concerns about the COVID-19 virus, we want you to know the safety of convention participants is of utmost importance to us. NAA Convention will proceed as planned. However, we have made some modifications to address concerns.

Out of an abundance of caution, we are declaring NAA20 a “Handshake-Free Zone.” Try these alternative handshake ideas at Convention.

In addition, our event team is working with the hotel to ensure appropriate health and safety measures are in place for all participants. We also trust that participants will undertake all necessary precautions to protect their own health and safety—by traveling with hand sanitizers—while at the event and during travel.

In the meantime, please consider these proactive precautions as recommended by the Center for Disease Control, to protect yourself and those around you.

Importantly, if you have a respiratory illness or fever, please stay home.

Program Books

Program books are available online here and can be picked up at Registration. Note: If you need to document your training time, use the certificate located near the end of the program book.

Event Location/Hotel

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center
201 Waterfront Street
National Harbor, Maryland 20745
P. (301) 965-4000

Check-in time is 3:00 pm
Check-out time is 11:00 am

All hotel guests are required to provide a form of payment at the Gaylord front desk upon check-in.

If paying for your hotel stay with a company card or a personal card, and the cardholder will not be present, you must complete a credit card authorization form prior to arrival. Company checks must be received 10 business days prior to arrival and are not accepted at the desk. Please note, we do not accept personal checks. Call the Gaylord at (301) 965-4000 ext. 5 for a guest service agent to assist you with completing the form. Note: paper credit card authorizations are no longer accepted before arrival or at the desk.

Become a Marriott’s Bonvoy Member to minimize check-in wait time at the Convention hotel by using the digital key. Click here to learn about digital key instructions.

Getting There

Washington, D.C. has multiple transportation options of varying price and duration. See some of the options and discounts in the NAA20 Convention App or click here.


Valet parking is available for $49 per day. Self-parking options are available at the hotel for $30 per day.



Name Badges

Stop by registration to pick up your name badge, swag bag and program book. Wear your name badge at all times for all Convention activities. Badges are required for session and Learning Expo admittance.

NAA20 Convention Registration and Help Desk

Located on the Ballroom Level. Registration is separated alphabetically by last name. Please bring a business card or photo ID when checking in.

Sunday, March 15 - 12:00 pm - 8:30 pm in Woodrow Wilson A
Monday, March 16 - 7:00 am - 5:00 pm in Woodrow Wilson A
Tuesday, March 17 - 7:30 am - 4:30 pm in Maryland Ballroom C Foyer

Bling Out Your Badge

While you’re at registration, pick up a badge ribbon or two to tell people more about you. All Convention participants are Executive members. Are you an Advocate member, presenter, or exhibitor? There are ribbons for all of you. First time participants are VIPs (Very Important Participants). If that’s you, add a VIP ribbon! Stop by the NAA Networking Hub in the Learning Expo for lanyard buttons that show your support for afterschool and afterschool professionals.

Afterschool for All Challenge

If you're registered for the Afterschool for All Challenge, visit the Challenge Check-In Desk in the Maryland Ballroom A Foyer for more details.

  • Tuesday, March 17 - 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday, March 18 - 7:30 - 10:00 am

Get Social

Share highlights, pictures and connect with others on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and in the NAA20 Convention App feed—include hashtag #NAA20. Daily social media contests will be announced in the app and are available in the program book.

Thank you for joining us at NAA Convention 2020––where afterschool professionals and leaders gather to get inspired, connected, learn and share!


Healthier than a Handshake and Hand Hygiene Ideas

While a handshake is a customary greeting in the U.S., it is also a sure-fire way to spread germs. In fact, nearly 80 percent of illness-causing germs are spread by your hands.

Webinar: Ease Operational Headaches with EZChildTrack Afterschool Management Software

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Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 1:00pm ET

Sponsored by:

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Simplify your afterschool program so you can focus on things like growth, empowering staff and youth enrichment!

Participating NAA members will:

  • Learn how Afterschool management software can streamline operations and save time, without increasing costs.
  • See how EZChildTrack effectively tracks attendance, manages billing, communicates with parents and more.
  • Experience a live demo, highlighting specific features and real-time insight.

Join us and learn why 5,000+ afterschool programs use EZChildTrack!


Presented by:

Jeffrey Thomas
President of ThomasKelly Software, providers of EZChildTrack and EZReports cloud-based afterschool and childcare management software.



Webinar: Summer Learning Toolkit & Recruiting and Engaging Students

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Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at 1:00pm ET

Summer learning programs offer invaluable spaces to engage youth in learning and development during the months when many students lose ground. High-quality programs keep kids safe and can produce measurable benefits in math, reading and social and emotional learning, however good attendance is critical for kids to experience those positive benefits.

In their multi-year study of five voluntary, district-led summer programs, the RAND Corporation found that students needed to attended at least 20 days of summer programming to experience academic benefits. Regular attendance begins with timely, targeted messages and messengers during student recruitment, and continues with personalized outreach and great programming during the summer.

About the Webinar
The National AfterSchool Association is hosting a webinar to explore effective strategies for Student Recruitment and Attendance, drawing from the Wallace Foundation’s Summer Learning Toolkit, a free, online resource featuring 50+ practical tools and resources to help district and their out-of-school time partners design and deliver high-quality summer programs. Resources draw from lessons from the National Summer Learning Project (NSLP) and align with research findings by RAND, included in Getting to Work on Summer Learning, 2nd edition.

Join us to explore resources and strategies that can help you communicate with families and prepare them to show up ready the first day, and coming back throughout the summer. We’ll also hear from Pittsburgh Public Schools, one of the districts featured in the National Summer Learning Project. They will share their firsthand experiences and lessons learned with student outreach and engagement.



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Melanie Claxton
Coordinator of Out of School Time
Pittsburgh Public Schools


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Jason Perry
Field Consultant
National Summer Learning Association


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Katie Willse
Senior Consultant
The Learning Agenda



Summer to Discover 2020

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Afterschool programs often play a critical role in keeping kids learning, safe and healthy during the summer months, too.

Invitation-Only Leader Sessions Announced for National AfterSchool Association Convention 2020—Register Now!

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Show up and speak up, March 15 – 18, in Washington, D.C.!

I’d like to personally invite you to join afterschool leaders, funders and researchers in a special set of invitation-only leader sessions at NAA Convention 2020. These carefully curated sessions for field leaders will focus on building and supporting afterschool systems.

Please review the leadership session schedule below. Then register for Convention using invitation code 2020INVITEONLY to save yourself a spot in these sessions. If you have already registered for Convention and want a leadership session spot held for you, please email for assistance.


Sunday, March 15, 2020

3 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. | Woodrow Wilson D
Enhancing the Afterschool Workforce: Challenges, Opportunities & Investments
Who is our workforce? Why do people come to, stay or leave the field? This session will ignite the discussion with leading practitioners, funders and researchers. Come interact with editors of the Journal of Youth Development 2020 special issue on the afterschool workforce, review recent investments and efforts in workforce development, and discuss the afterschool profession’s place in the broader field of allied youth services. Together, we’ll address opportunities and challenges to better build and support capacity development, so we can better serve youth.

Speakers: Dale Blyth, University of Minnesota, Deborah Moroney, American Institutes for Research, Jill Young, American Institutes for Research, Karen Pittman, The Forum for Youth Investment, Meg Pitman, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Michael Conn, Co-Editor Journal of Youth Development Special Issue on the Workforce, Michele Wilkens, Co-Editor Journal of Youth Development Special Issue on the Workforce, Rebecca Goldberg, S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, Tom Akiva, University of Pittsburgh

Monday, March 16, 2020

8 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. | Woodrow Wilson D
What Does it Take to Build Afterschool Leadership Pipelines?
Building a leadership pipeline necessitates addressing institutional structures and policies and providing professional development for leaders throughout their careers. While the NAA Core Knowledge and Competencies for Afterschool and Youth Development Professionals set a foundation, this session involves deeper exploration of the opportunities and challenges in developing and supporting afterschool leaders. From a systems lens, we’ll talk about how strategic investments in leadership development can be a game-changer and we’ll learn about a statewide system that builds leadership capacity with a focus on supporting leaders of color. Finally, we’ll discuss examples of how organizations can build and sustain leadership development initiatives.

Speakers: Alexis Llamas, S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, Christina Russell, Policy Studies Associates, Isabelle Mussard, California School-Age Consortium

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. | Woodrow Wilson D
Q&A with DeRay Mckesson
Following DeRay Mckesson’s keynote address, you are invited to a private session where you can ask questions, learn more about his experiences and discuss ideas with your colleagues.

5:45 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. | Chesapeake J & K
Advancing Equity in Afterschool Leadership Special Interest Group Meet-Up
In response to the release of The Afterschool Leadership Landscape: Supporting and Strengthening Racial Equity members of our community expressed the desire to connect around advancing equity in afterschool leadership. Are you interested in meeting others with a shared purpose around advancing equity? If so, please join us for a 45-minutes meet-up to express interest, to meet colleagues with shared purpose, and to begin the conversation that we expect to continue well after Convention.

Requested by NAA members and hosted by leaders from CalSAC, Maryland 4-H, NAA, NJSACC, and The Y in Central Maryland.

6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. | Woodrow Wilson D
Celebration of Leadership Reception
This year, our annual invitation-only event celebrates all of you—the leaders of our field! Come cheer on the 2020 class of Next Generation of Afterschool Leaders and hear inspirational remarks from a past Next Generation Leader honoree. Let’s welcome the youngest leaders in our community and celebrate the important role of leadership in moving the afterschool profession forward!

Speakers: Remarks from Gina Warner, National AfterSchool Association, Aleah Rosario, Foundation for California Community Colleges, 2014 NAA NextGen Leader Honoree

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

8 a.m. – 10 a.m. | Woodrow Wilson D
Building Personal EQ and an Equity Lens to Support Leadership Development
In addition to creating systemic pipelines and supports for leadership development, how can we as leaders foster our own growth, to successfully serve others? In this session, we will home in on two critical areas needed for success: SEL and Equity. Bringing together our learnings from SEL to the Core and The Afterschool Leadership Landscape: Supporting and Strengthening Racial Equity, we’ll discuss the important intersection between these areas. We will share strategies and engage you in conversation about ways to increase our own emotional intelligence and create a plan for deepening our personal equity lens.

Speakers: Aleah Rosario, Foundation for California Community Colleges, Jimena Quiroga Hopkins, Development Without Limits West

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11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. | Woodrow Wilson D
Moving the Afterschool Profession Forward!
Join us for lunch and a generative session based on the Convention leadership series. This final session challenges us to identify our own commitments and next steps as we realize stronger, equity-focused leadership pipelines. This final facilitated work session includes reflections on the learnings from the previous sessions, shaping your personal commitments to moving this work forward and identifying next steps we can address together as a field.

We look forward to hosting you March 15 – 18, in Washington, D.C.!

Speakers: Jennifer Brady, Development Without Limits, Heidi Ham, National AfterSchool Association


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Gina Warner
President & CEO
National AfterSchool Association


NAA’s Professional Learning Community for Emerging Leaders of Color FAQs

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Why is NAA’s Professional Learning Community for Emerging Leaders of Color (PLC) opportunity only for staff who identify as a person of color?

Research findings from the The Afterschool Leadership Landscape: Supporting and Strengthening Racial Equity report, along with research from the non-profit sector, shows that people of color are not being hired or promoted at the same rate as their white colleagues. One way to address this systemic inequity is to provide opportunities like these for leaders of color.

Research also shows that people of color thrive in leadership development spaces that are designed specifically for them and take into account their experiences with inequity, power, privilege and oppression.

Are we saying that people of color don’t have the skills to advance?

No. Leaders of color face systemic, institutional, interpersonal and cultural barriers to advanced leadership. This program acknowledges that this inequity exists and is creating an intentional space for leaders of color to explore leadership development that is designed for and by leaders of color.

What can supervisors expect of their staff who participate in this program?

Participants of this program will develop a heightened and sharpened analysis of the ways power, privilege and oppression operate. Participants will engage in deep self-reflection and will strengthen their awareness and understanding of their experience with power, privilege and oppression. Participants will gain tools, resources and skills that support their capacity to be equity-driven leaders and affect meaningful systems-level change.

What support will participants of the PLC need?

This is an intensive leadership experience that will require participants to devote time to attend the Opening Retreat March 15-18 in Washington, D.C., 4 virtual sessions from April-June and a closing retreat in July (location TBA). In addition to supporting participants to prioritize the work for the PLC, participating staff may need consistent space to reflect on their experience and support in implementing their Leadership Development plan.

What if I already know I have a conflict with one of the session dates?

This program is designed to create a space for participants to build a sense of community. Additionally, the content is progressive and for this reason, we ask that individuals apply only if they are able to attend ALL the sessions. As future funding is available to continue offering this program, NAA will work toward offering this leadership development opportunity in the future.

If my application is accepted, what are the costs for me to participate in this PLC?

Organizations are expected to cover staff costs, including wages, to enable their staff to participate fully in the PLC.

Participants of this program will receive:

  • Complimentary air travel to the opening retreat at the NAA20 Convention (Washington, D.C. - March 14th-17th) and closing retreat (Location TBA - July); 1 dinner and 3 lunches at the opening retreat at the NAA20 Convention; all meals for the July closing retreat.
  • Complimentary registration to attend the NAA20 Convention in Washington, D.C. ($600 value)
  • An NAA Executive membership ($99 value)
  • $1,900 stipend to offset travel costs, which includes:

    • Hotel accommodations for NAA20 Convention (approx. $1,000, Washington, D.C. - March) and Closing Retreat (approx. $200, location TBA - July)
    • Ground transportation for March and July retreats
    • All meals not included in retreats

Is this PLC only for people of color or are other underrepresented groups able to apply?

This PLC is specifically designed for people of color. While the analysis of systems and levels of oppression will be intersectional, the content will focus intensively on racial justice and equity.

If you have questions about the application, please contact Jimena Quiroga Hopkins at 833-605-4648 ext. 701.


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Thank you for your interest in applying to NAA’s Professional Learning Community for Emerging Leaders of Color (PLC).

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