Professional Development

NAA publishes fresh, new content every week covering a wide variety of topics related to the field of aftershool. In addition, NAA offers a variety of opportunities for virtual professional development (PD) through meaningful content, conversations and connections. Click here to see full descriptions of virtual PD offerings.

Three Mindful Walking Activities to Restore Your Sense of Focus

Tuesday, 14 April 2020 00:00

Mindfulness, according to, 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.

Resources to Engage Families Through Wellness and Nature

Wednesday, 08 April 2020 00:00

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.

Proposed Guidance for the Establishment of Emergency Child Care Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Wednesday, 08 April 2020 00:00

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.

Keep Learning on Track with Free Educational Podcasts at Home

Tuesday, 07 April 2020 00:00

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.

Creative Ways to Solicit Feedback Equitably

Tuesday, 31 March 2020 11:30

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.

Free Social-Emotional Learning Guide for Online Discussions or In-Program

Tuesday, 31 March 2020 00:00

A brand new and free educator guide from kid-grit, KNOWLEDGE IS POWER, is here!

Addressing Hunger and Creating Connected Communities with Summer Meals

Tuesday, 31 March 2020 00:00

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.

Keynote Highlights from NAA20 Reimagined Virtual Convention Part 1

Monday, 23 March 2020 00:00

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.

Diversifying: The Key for Longevity of Afterschool Programs

Monday, 23 March 2020 00:00

A strategic, forward-thinking grants management plan is an essential part of maintaining and growing a long-lasting and impactful afterschool program. 

Creating Cultures of Care: Supporting The Whole Child through Trauma-Informed Practice

Tuesday, 03 March 2020 00:00

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.

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