Afterschool professionals are skilled, passionate, dedicated lifelong learners. If you're looking to grow your skills or the skills of others through professional development, try this daily plan using NAA's virtual resources.
During a recent web conference with the Grantmakers for Education OST Funders Network, National AfterSchool Association President & CEO Gina Warner and Isabelle Mussard, leader of NAA's California State Affiliate, provided an update on the work being done in the afterschool field during the uncertain time of COVID-19.
Toy Association and Genius of Play, a member of the National Afterschool Association's Corporate Advisory Board, has created a virtual hub full of play ideas, expert advice, and other helpful resources. The goal of the online resources is to help bring the joy of play to your family during these uncertain times.
In times of crisis, it becomes even more evident how important one caring adult can be to a child. I believe that every afterschool professional across the country currently has one thing in common:
We're all worried about the youth who are home and miss them.
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.