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.

3 Things You Need to Know About Young People in Baltimore

Thursday, 07 May 2015 00:00

As the eyes of the nation have been focused on Baltimore these past weeks, I knew there was much more to the story than what we were seeing on our televisions and through social media. For a deeper perspective, I turned to Ellie Mitchell, director of the Maryland Out of School Time Network, and a long-time advocate for greater investments in young people throughout Maryland—and especially in Baltimore.

Engaging Youth in Language & Literacy

Tuesday, 05 May 2015 00:00

If you missed the fifteen-minute Webinar series, Engaging Youth in Language & Literacy, that's OK. We've organized all of the content here for you!

May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month

Tuesday, 28 April 2015 00:00

Regular physical activity is good for everyone's health, and people of all ages and body types can be physically active.

National Physical Fitness and Sports Month is a great time to spread the word about the benefits of getting active.

The Enrichment Zone—Free Curriculum to Support Healthy Eating and Physical Activity

Tuesday, 28 April 2015 00:00

Looking to help youth get on a pathway to living a healthy, active lifestyle? The National Afterschool Association and the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation are here to help!

Finding Funding for Youth Programs: A How-To Manual

Tuesday, 28 April 2015 00:00

Is it possible for youth program directors to successfully raise funds in a struggling economy?

Author Carolyn Hudman contends it is easier than you think! Discover how you can take advantage of untapped resources in your local community through strategic friend-raising and creative fundraising with her new book, Finding Funding for Youth Programs, now available on

Earth Day: April 22

Tuesday, 14 April 2015 08:35

April 22 is Earth Day. Gear up for STEM-related instruction, volunteer opportunities, and year-round strategies for keeping the planet green, with the help of these resources:

April is National Financial Capability Month

Tuesday, 14 April 2015 08:34

Nothing brings learning to life like real-world applications. Emphasize the "M" in STEM with these resources for National Financial Capability Month.

Family Online Safety Institute Offers Cyber Ethics Resources

Tuesday, 14 April 2015 08:32

This month, the Family Online Safety Institute theme is "Good Digital Parenting—tackling Cyber Ethics and what it means to be civil and respectful online."

Quality Conversation #3: Monica Marie Jones

Tuesday, 31 March 2015 00:00

Implementing a Quality Improvement System: Changing Process, Changing Mindset, Changing Outcomes.

Adopting a continuous program quality improvement model is challenging; change can be uncomfortable, and system implementation can be a long process.

Webinar Series: Engaging Youth in Language & Literacy

Tuesday, 31 March 2015 00:00

In the same time it takes to check your e-mail, you can boost your professional expertise in the areas of language and literacy for your afterschool program! Join the National AfterSchool Association in partnership with the Youth Today Out-of-School Time Hub for a unique webinar series consisting of four 15-minute webinars on engaging youth in language and literacy during out-of school time (OST).

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