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

Based on session evaluations from the NAA Convention 2015 app, we've created a list of the Top 25 Presentations from the convention. If you didn't have a chance to attend these sessions, you may wish to visit these presenters' websites, follow them on Twitter, or sign up for their workshops if you see them offered in the future!

Tuesday, 05 May 2015 00:00

Engaging Youth in Language & Literacy

If you missed the fifteen-minute Webinar series, Engaging Youth in Language & Literacy, that's OK. We've organized all of the content here for you!

In the same time it takes to check your e-mail, you can boost your professional expertise in the areas of language and literacy for your afterschool program! Join the National AfterSchool Association in partnership with the Youth Today Out-of-School Time Hub for a unique webinar series consisting of four 15-minute webinars on engaging youth in language and literacy during out-of school time (OST).

Implementing a Quality Improvement System: Changing Process, Changing Mindset, Changing Outcomes.

Adopting a continuous program quality improvement model is challenging; change can be uncomfortable, and system implementation can be a long process.

Starting with the End in Mind—Using School and Community Needs Assessments to Design High-Impact Afterschool Programs.

 In this episode, we talk with Derryck Fletcher of the Y of Central Maryland—the state's largest provider of youth development programs. During our conversation we discuss the importance of cultivating strong partnerships with schools and families to develop high-quality afterschool programs that meet children where they are.

Tuesday, 03 March 2015 13:50


The theme of ‪#‎NAA2015‬ is "Passionate Professionals, Powerful Stories" because we all have a story—and it's time to share yours! In a few words, tell your story in our downloadable graphic, snap a picture, and share using ‪#‎MyAfterschoolStory‬. Inspire others today!


Tuesday, 03 March 2015 13:47

Afterschool STEM Credential Underway

The National Afterschool Association has been awarded funding from the Noyce Foundation to develop the first afterschool STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) credential.

The investment centerpiece—a STEM-related micro-credential and digital badge series—offered by NAA and developed with Click2SciencePD, will serve as a validated, industrywide indicator that afterschool staff have the requisite competencies to facilitate STEM learning across a variety of settings.

Tuesday, 03 March 2015 13:46

Know Before You Go

How to Conference like a True AfterSchool Professional: Tips for First-Time NAA Convention Attendees

Tuesday, 17 February 2015 00:00

First Time at NAA Convention?

How to Conference like a True Afterschool Professional: Tips for NAA Convention Attendees

As a convention attendee, you'll experience informative and varied professional development sessions, exhibits, and the best networking with like-minded afterschool professionals. These tips will help you personalize your learning and plan a fun and engaging experience:

Tuesday, 17 February 2015 00:00

Creating Program E-mail Standards: 10 Tips

When was the last time you thought about how employees' e-mails represented your program? With the increased use of social media, texting, and Google docs or other project management software, you may have allowed your or your employees' e-mail standards to slide. But be careful: E-mail is still the most used communication tool in business today, which is why sharing e-mail etiquette and format standards is critical.

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