Professional Development

NAA publishes fresh, new content every week covering a wide variety of topics related to the field of aftershool. Be sure to check in regularly.

Are you are interested in becoming a Certified Healthy Out-of-School Time Trainer? Do you live in Arkansas, Colorado, Kentucky, North Carolina, Nevada, Maryland, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee,Texas, Utah or Virginia? Complete the online application by Friday, September 29, 2017.

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Thursday, 20 July 2017 11:19

“Nothing About Us Without Us!”

Earlier this month, NAA led a delegation of 22 afterschool leaders to Helsinki, Finland and Tallinn, Estonia to explore child and youth development systems and meet with youth policy experts in these two countries.

Last May, NAA and SSI Out-of-School teamed up to offer a fun giveaway for three $500 vouchers for afterschool program supplies! Three lucky winners were randomly selected:

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Food is the one afterschool and summer learning program component necessary for survival. Food security is something we deal with daily.

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Tuesday, 27 June 2017 00:00

The Power of One Caring Human

Afterschool professionals know the importance of one caring adult in the life of a child. Research and anecdotes show that knowledgeable and skilled staff are crucial to quality afterschool programs that result in positive youth outcomes; relationships between adults and youth are key.

For resource-constrained out-of-school time (OST) program providers and intermediary organizations, working with an expert external trainer or consultant for a short, high-leverage project can be a cost-effective way of building capacity

Have you heard of the "Summer Slide?" You probably have if you're a parent—and you most definitely have if you work in education.

Published in AfterSchool of Thought
Tuesday, 20 June 2017 06:25

Get Your Play On!

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!

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A few weeks ago, I wrote about my visit to our NAA storage facility to go through years and years of organizational files. With NAA's 30th anniversary coming up in 2018, I find myself spending more and more time thinking about how to honor the past of our work, while also looking toward the future.

Tuesday, 06 June 2017 05:58

30 Years of NAA: The Best is Yet to Come

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.

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