News

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

Are you ready to host impactful open houses this summer?

Wednesday, 22 June 2022 09:33

In case you missed it, industry experts from BellXcel recently hosted a webinar that revealed strategies to best showcase the impact of your program.

CDC Funds New Initiative Focused on Health Equity in Out-of-School Time

Saturday, 18 June 2022 09:00

Over the next five years, National Afterschool Association (NAA) will partner with Education Development Centers to improve the health and well-being of youth and staff in OST programs, focusing on populations most impacted by health disparities. These include Black and Hispanic children and youth, individuals with physical and health disabilities, and youth experiencing health disparities due to sexual and gender identity.

OST Workforce: The Indiana Afterschool Network is Bridging the Gap

Monday, 13 June 2022 09:46

We all deeply feel the challenges of our current OST reality--from worker shortages, minimal job quality, and growing program waitlists. NAA and its State Affiliates are stepping up to advocate for the OST workforce.

LGBTQ+ Equity in The Workplace

Friday, 03 June 2022 08:13

The National AfterSchool Association supports the development and workplace safety of afterschool professionals who identify as members of the LGBTQ+ community.

Thoughts on Children’s Rights: What Do Other Countries Have That the US Doesn’t?

Wednesday, 25 May 2022 09:45

2015 London, England
2016 Dublin, Ireland and Belfast, Northern Ireland
2017 Helsinki, Finland and Tallinn, Estonia
2018 Rome, Italy
2019 Edinburgh, Scotland 

Summer Products and Services Catalog Now Available

Friday, 20 May 2022 14:33

From professional development and curriculum planning to supply purchasing and equipment upgrades, there’s a lot to consider for summer. In this catalog you'll find top picks to support your summer program preparation and implementation!

Three Barriers Preventing a Thriving Workforce

Monday, 16 May 2022 07:37

The afterschool field is dealing with a workforce crisis that includes major challenges with recruiting and retaining direct service staff. Although these challenges need to be addressed in the short-term to ensure young people have uninterrupted access to quality afterschool programs, longer-term we must move past these immediate challenges and answer the question:

Leaders Recognize the Work of Afterschool Professionals!

Monday, 25 April 2022 08:01

Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week is a time to recognize, appreciate and advocate for those who work with young people during out-of-school hours. The week is marked by celebrations and public relations efforts encouraging appreciation and support for all the afterschool professionals who make a profound difference in the lives of young people. 

How Do We Create a Thriving Workforce?

Monday, 18 April 2022 15:23

Over the last 20 years, progress has been made in research, practice, and policies related to program quality, yet workforce stability, recruitment, and retention of direct service workers continues to be a challenge. As the professional association for the field, NAA’s mission is to create a strong and valued profession.

State of American Literacy Report Identifies Critical Needs

Monday, 18 April 2022 15:20

State of American Literacy Report Findings

The new State of American Literacy Report, by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, identifies critical literacy needs. The report, which includes surveys and interviews with more than 1,200 students, parents, teachers, adult learners and experts in adult and youth literacy from October to December 2021, underscores the significant impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on literacy learning for both adults and youth K-12. This disruption has impacted access to quality instruction, remediation and intervention. Low literacy was already an issue prior to the pandemic, with more than 40 million adults in the U.S. possessing low literacy skills and youth reading levels stagnating.

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