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

Get Your Play On!

Tuesday, 20 June 2017 06:25

Play is vital for our health and wellbeing—and there's no better place to play than our local parks and recreation facilities! This July, celebrate the power and importance of play with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) during Park and Recreation Month!

30 Years of NAA: The Best is Yet to Come

Tuesday, 06 June 2017 05:58

A couple of weeks ago, I set out to do something that I have been putting off for a long time—driving over to Alexandria, Virginia, to go through all of the old NAA files that have been in storage since we moved offices from Boston, Massachusetts, to Washington, D.C., around 2008.

Bridging the Gap Between Research and Practice

Tuesday, 30 May 2017 10:22

When the Robert Bowne Foundation closed its doors on December 31, 2015, it was important to the board and staff members to share the lessons they had learned as a result of their 25 years of work with practitioners, organizations and other funders interested in building the capacity of out-of-school time (OST) programs.

#GirlsAre Athletes

Tuesday, 16 May 2017 06:03

Today, girls in the United States are far less likely than boys to achieve the recommended amounts of physical activity—by age 14, girls are dropping out of sports at two times the rate of boys. Research shows, however, that girls and women who play sports have higher levels of confidence and self-esteem, lower levels of depression, a more positive body image, and overall higher states of psychological well-being.

New Guide Offers Resources on Best SEL Practices

Tuesday, 16 May 2017 05:56

Emerging best practices in out-of-school-time (OST) are well aligned with the goals of social and emotional learning (SEL), but few SEL programs are designed for OST environments.

Three Years of Healthy Eating and Physical Activity in Parks and Recreation

Tuesday, 28 March 2017 08:57

In February 2014, the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) launched Commit to Health, a campaign devoted to creating healthier out-of-school time (OST) programs in local parks and recreation.

Prevent the Dire Consequences of Eliminating Federal Afterschool Funding

Thursday, 16 March 2017 00:00

Since the election in November we've been hoping for the best and preparing for the worst.

Become a Certified Healthy Out-of-School Time Trainer

Tuesday, 07 February 2017 06:15

The Alliance for a Healthier Generation has received a cooperative agreement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) School Health Branch to provide technical assistance and training to school districts and school buildings, to support healthy eating and physical activity in out-of-school time (OST) settings.

Creating a Door Out of Poverty Starts with Partnerships

Tuesday, 31 January 2017 07:15

People's lives center around their home. On average, Americans spend two-thirds of their time either indoors or outdoors at home. For kids under age 11, the typical share is nearly three-quarters. And for those without a home, the absence of such a basic need makes everything else more difficult.

2017 Next Generation in Afterschool Honorees Announced

Friday, 20 January 2017 04:31

The National AfterSchool Association (NAA), the lead organization for the advancement of the afterschool professional, has selected its 2017 Next Generation of Afterschool honorees.

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