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.

When You Know Better, You Do Better

Monday, 15 June 2020 12:07

"Causenetic"—a monthly podcast from YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas—led by cause driven leaders, Keith Vinson and Rodrigua Ross—recently welcomed NAA Board Member, Tasha Franklin Johnson Ph.D.

Out of School Nutrition and Physical Activity: Promoting Children’s Health in Afterschool Programs

Tuesday, 09 June 2020 09:35

As programs are planning and beginning to reopen, it’s important to think of ways to help young people stay healthy through social distancing and other best practices related to prevention of the spread of coronavirus. Now, more than ever, it’s critical to encourage youth to get outdoors to be active and creative in ways to help them continue to include physical activity and other practices supporting good health.

A Time of Unrest, Protest and Potential

Tuesday, 09 June 2020 00:00

As an educator, I see myself as a lifelong learner. That's what I encouraged my students to be when I was in the classroom and leading out-of-school time programs.

OST Program Benefits to Share Now

Tuesday, 09 June 2020 00:00

Out-of-school time programs are vital to our communities and are a critical component of many families' childcare strategies. COVID-19 has fundamentally changed the way that interactions look in the short term and forced the reimagining of program offerings.

How to Avoid Zoom Fatigue

Wednesday, 03 June 2020 11:35

It's no secret: Zoom has become a regular player in our lives. This newer, popular way to communicate "face-to-face" has been used in a variety of ways, whether it's for a work meeting, virtual happy hour with friends, or otherwise. But as exciting as it is to see other people in a time where we have needed to literally keep to ourselves, Zoom can be exhausting and taxing in a way that's unfamiliar to many.

Reaching Rural Communities

Tuesday, 02 June 2020 12:14

During the COVID-19 pandemic, American Youth Policy Forum has been collecting resources pertinent to various disadvantaged youth populations. Recently, AYPF focused on resources related to rural populations and youth in foster care. We share some of them here.

Adapting Best Practices for the Future

Tuesday, 02 June 2020 12:10

All over the nation and the world, afterschool professionals, leaders, and others are working diligently to ensure healthy and safe school-age child care and out-of-school time programs for kids and families.

Inclusion: From Afterschool to the Living Room

Tuesday, 26 May 2020 10:21

We recognize how stressful this time is for parents and caregivers at home and how uncertainty and change or lack of routine can cause challenging behaviors from kids, both with and without disabilities.

Creating a Plan to Start and Operate a Virtual Summer Camp

Tuesday, 26 May 2020 10:19

For over 100 years, summer camp programs have spent the months leading up to June preparing to operate on-location programs for youth. In this unprecedented and uncertain time, things have undoubtedly shifted and plans have needed to be altered, moving what's normally a live experience to computer screens and tablets.

Afterschool Is Essential

Tuesday, 26 May 2020 10:17

Our 2020 has been quite a year so far, described over and over with phrases such as, "unprecedented, challenging, and uncertain."

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