News

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

National Summer Learning Week is July 11-15, 2022!

Wednesday, 29 June 2022 19:52

One of the key ways we can sustain and bring even more attention and support to summer learning programs and the incredible professionals working in them is to collectively celebrate National Summer Learning Week, July 11-15 across the country.

July is National Parks & Recreation Month!

Wednesday, 29 June 2022 19:50

July is National Parks & Recreation Month and our friends at National Recreation and Parks Association have created some resources to help you celebrate. This year we are rising up for all the professionals who help build strong and resilient communities, many of those professionals work with youth in out-of-school time. So this month we celebrate you!

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. 

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