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

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.

Leadership at NAA22

Friday, 08 April 2022 12:18

NAA22 Convention was a time to come together in unity, with community and for opportunity. It was also a space for leaders in the OST field to build connections with colleagues across the country. Here is what a few leaders had to share about NAA22.

Connecting in Community – You are Not Alone.

Friday, 08 April 2022 12:12

Being at NAA22 Convention in the embrace of our community confirmed how important our work and connecting in community can be. 

In the Words of NAA22 Convention Participants

Friday, 01 April 2022 08:18

We are still feeling inspired by our time together at NAA22 Convention and we're not the only ones. Take a look at what participants had to say:

We Went All In - NAA22 Highlights!

Tuesday, 29 March 2022 08:30

What a week it was! The NAA team has been reflecting on some of our favorite moments and takeaways from NAA22 Convention and we wanted to share them with you all.

SEL at NAA22 Convention!

Tuesday, 15 March 2022 09:56

NAA22 Convention is the perfect place to come together in unity, with community, and for opportunity. It is also the perfect place to find engaging SEL content, tools, and resources to use in your programs. Take a  sneak peek at some of the sessions planned this year.

Putting Data to Work for Young People: Bridging Practice and Research through Continuous Improvement

Monday, 07 March 2022 08:48

Thursday, March 17, 2022, 3-4:15 pm ET, 2-3:15 CT, Noon-1:15 PT 

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Do you struggle with data collection? Is it difficult for you to know what to measure and how to use data in real time to drive system change, quality improvement and positive outcomes for youth?

The Key to Staff Retention? Building Relationships.

Friday, 18 February 2022 14:30

A recent study, The Great Resignation Research Report, examines critical themes that have led to employees leaving their jobs at an all-time high. Wages may come top of mind, especially in our afterschool field, where we acknowledge that afterschool workers deserve to –but often don’t–earn a thriving wage. However, what's driving workers to quit goes beyond that. The PlanBeyond research concludes work environments and supervisors that make people feel appreciated, involve collaboration, and encourage people to show up as their authentic selves, making employees want to stay.

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