Mindfulness, according to mindful.org, is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we are doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what is going on around us. Mindfulness is our awareness of what is going on both inside us and around us—the awareness of our physical, emotional and mental states.
Families and afterschool programs provide essential protective factors for children experiencing adversity. As communities are facing physical distancing challenges, it's a key time to share resources and ideas to engage and support families through wellness and nature.
The Institute for Childhood Preparedness, in conjunction with NAA and many of its State Affiliates, board members, and partners, has compiled guidance for the establishment of emergency child care services during the COVID-19 pandemic.
These are crazy times. With schools closed and parents and caregivers scrambling to keep their children's learning on track, simple resources that keep afterschool students active and learning while they're home can have multiple benefits—for everyone.
To have more equitable and inclusive programs and services, it is essential to solicit feedback from a range of stakeholders, not only from those who are most comfortable filling out a survey or speaking up in a group setting.
Thousands of low-income youth who rely on free and reduced-price school breakfasts and lunches lose access to those meals when summer vacation begins.
NAA20 Reimagined Virtual Convention is a way afterschool professionals and leaders come together for inspiration during a time when face-to-face is not possible.
A strategic, forward-thinking grants management plan is an essential part of maintaining and growing a long-lasting and impactful afterschool program.
Equipped with rapidly growing knowledge about how trauma can undermine young people's healthy development and ability to learn, many youth-serving professionals, community leaders and policymakers are infusing principles of trauma-informed practice into program design, implementation and policy proposals.