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 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!
In case you missed it, industry experts from BellXcel recently hosted a webinar that revealed strategies to best showcase the impact of your program.
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.
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.
2015 London, England
2016 Dublin, Ireland and Belfast, Northern Ireland
2017 Helsinki, Finland and Tallinn, Estonia
2018 Rome, Italy
2019 Edinburgh, Scotland
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!
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:
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.