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

What She Said: Memorable Speaker Quotes from Day 1

Wednesday, 29 March 2023 14:21

The NAA23 Speaker Series featured top-notch OST professionals from across the nation at each of the three General Sessions. For our kick-off session, we heard from speakers who gave more than just a talk; they set the tone for Convention. These amazing women shared their ability to touch the collective soul and inspire all participants with their messages centered on the theme:

NAA23: The Calm Before the Shine

Wednesday, 29 March 2023 14:20

All of the I’s have their dots, the T’s are fully crossed, and NAA’s Convention team is a whirling mix of excitement and anticipation with a splash of nervous energy. Will participants be as thrilled as we are to be at NAA23? What will be their favorite takeaways? How many people will walk away with new products and services – new ideas – new friends? Did we quadruple-check the lighting cues? On the eve of kick-off, NAA leaders reflected on their hopes for this year’s gathering.

NAA23 Through Your Eyes: Feedback From Convention

Wednesday, 29 March 2023 14:16

What a week! NAA23 brought over 1,500 out-of-school time professionals together in Orlando for four days full of powerful, insightful speakers, and thorough, thought-provoking learning sessions. From 5:30 PM on Sunday until 12:00 PM on Wednesday, we were in nonstop go mode – connecting with old friends and making new ones through our shared passions and experiences. At NAA, we LOVED the energy participants, presenters, and vendors brought – and we were thrilled to check in and see that you were just as jazzed as we were! Here’s some great feedback we received from folx in the field.

STEMfinity's $10,000 Afterschool/Summer STEM Giveaway!

Thursday, 16 March 2023 16:14

To show our appreciation to the thousands of Afterschool & Summer Programs nationwide that are making STEM/STEAM more accessible, STEMfinity is giving away the following STEM Resources to 8 Lucky Winners!

6 Reasons to Introduce Robotics to Elementary-Aged Learners in Your Out-of-School Time Programs

Tuesday, 14 March 2023 16:22

Robotics offers an exciting and engaging way to introduce coding and the fun of STEM/STEAM learning to kids in PreK-upper elementary, especially in Out-of-School Time settings, including afterschool programs, enrichment centers, and summer camps. When using robotics in these informal settings, kids can get creative, practice problem solving, and engage in critical thinking in a hands-on way, while having a blast at the same time.

NAA23 SOLD OUT! Keep an Eye Out for Exciting On-Location Sneak Peeks

Tuesday, 14 March 2023 16:20

NAA23 is officially sold out! With over 1,900 participants, presenters, and exhibitors, and just a few days left until kick-off - the National AfterSchool Association team can hardly contain our excitement for next week. Registrants now have access to Convention details regarding sessions, presenters, and more in the mobile app, so if you’re joining us, make sure you check your email for download and access instructions.

Absolutely Incredible Kid Day with Camp Fire

Tuesday, 14 March 2023 16:19

Mental health is a growing struggle for all ages, but young people today are feeling more isolated than ever. You can help reconnect them by joining millions of people on the third Thursday of March (3/16/23) and tell a kid or teen in your life why they matter for Absolutely Incredible Kid Day®.

Elevate Your Afterschool & Enrichment Program with Curacubby!

Tuesday, 14 March 2023 16:16

Join the National Afterschool Association and Curacubby for an interactive webinar to experience the benefits of a digital solution to effectively run an Out-of-School Time (OST) program on April 6, 2023 at 10am PST/1pm EST. A Curacubby Product Expert will show you the features that support:

NAA23 Speaker Spotlight: Pam Allyn

Tuesday, 14 March 2023 15:59

The NAA community is fortunate to have a variety of out-of-school time professionals committed to program quality for young people, families, and team members in the field. Each of our speakers for Convention are experts eager to share their experiences with participants to increase connectivity, comradery, and understanding among fellow afterschool professionals - and we are thrilled to have our partners at Scholastic bring Pam Allyn along for one of this year’s sessions.

Enrich Your Out-of-School Time Program with Social Emotional Learning

Wednesday, 08 March 2023 13:41

Research (and practice) tells us that intentional social-emotional learning (SEL) programming is even more positively impactful when it’s experienced in all areas of life, not just during the school day. Join this webinar with our in-house experts and Sam Trevathan, Education Director for a Louisiana-based afterschool organization to hear tips and strategies to include research-based activities, staff training, and family engagement that are centered around SEL in your afterschool program. We'll discuss how intentional SEL can improve students personal and academic success while also enriching your K-5 OST program. 

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