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

Voices from the Field: Sheneika Simmons on Job Quality in the OST Field

Friday, 07 January 2022 17:16

How we think about job quality can have a direct impact on staff retention and workforce development. To explore the idea of job quality and what it means for our field we interviewed folks from across the country. First up in our series is Sheneika Simmons, Program Coordinator with the North Carolina Center for Afterschool Programs. 

Word on the Street (Or In the Hallways)

Friday, 07 January 2022 13:10

The NAA Convention is all about the participants and their experience.

Welcome NAA’s New Director of Communications and Engagement

Tuesday, 04 January 2022 09:52

The staff and Board of the National AfterSchool Association are pleased to announce the hiring of Jessica Hay (she/her) as the Association’s new Director of Communications and Member Engagement.


Monday, 03 January 2022 12:58

Note: Tissues recommended.

Like so many of you, I first experienced the power of the NAA community through Convention. The interesting part is...I didn't even attend that particular Convention!

Five Takeaways From the National Summer Learning Association Conference 

Monday, 22 November 2021 19:08

As National AfterSchool Association’s new Director of Advocacy and Workforce Initiatives, I am working to bring together stakeholders from across the country to better support afterschool professionals and increase job quality. I hope you continue to engage in this conversation and join me at the National Afterschool Association Convention, March 20-23, 2022, in Las Vegas, Nevada.  

How OST Professionals Can Support Pediatric COVID-19 Vaccines for Youth Ages 5–11

Tuesday, 16 November 2021 00:00


The OST field is often on the front lines. We’re a primary point of contact for youth and their families, which makes us integral to supporting families in fighting the Covid-19 pandemic. Education about eligibility requirements, efficacy and safety are essential components, but removing obstacles and facilitating access may be even more important.


Wednesday, 03 November 2021 00:00

In 2020, given the Movement for Black Lives, the rise in hate crimes against Asian-Americans, immigrants,  and members of the transgender community, and numerous injustices that, while not new, were finally being recognized more broadly, NAA doubled down its focus on building equity, access, and connections.  

Hiring Quandary: Bad and Good News

Friday, 29 October 2021 00:00

The non-profit and youth development sector is in a hiring quandary. As we all begin the slow and deliberate process of returning to in-person programming, it's getting harder and harder to fill positions.


Friday, 29 October 2021 00:00

The NAA Convention is all about opportunity. With members of the field coming together and top-quality, engaging sessions covering almost any topic you can think of, it's easy to see why connections and learning are the highlights of Convention. Participants leave saying, "I found my people ... and learned a lot, too!"

NAA Welcomes Its First Director of Advocacy and Workforce Initiatives

Wednesday, 20 October 2021 00:00

The staff and Board of the National AfterSchool Association are pleased to announce the hiring of Angelica Portillo (she/her) as the Association’s new Director of Advocacy and Workforce Initiatives. 

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