The NAA standards for healthy eating and physical activity (HEPA) are up-to-date, evidence-based, practical values that foster the best possible nutrition and physical activity outcomes for children in grades K-12 attending OST programs.
Your afterschool staff can make or break your business and we all know the childcare industry traditionally has very high turnover. The key to keeping away from this is to improve employee morale to decrease turnover as much as possible and create consistency for the program. To do this you must value, encourage, and energize your team to accomplish the center mission, vision, and direction.
New Directions for Youth Development: Theory, Practice, and Research is a quarterly publication focusing on contemporary issues challenging the field of youth development. The journal is dedicated to bringing together everyone concerned with helping young people, including scholars, practitioners, and people from different disciplines and professions.
In a world in which STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) learning has become universally crucial, those individuals who will be able to enjoy the highest personal earnings will likely be those who possess the skills and creativity that position them as innovators and leaders. For our children and youth, increased STEM learning is imperative.
The NAA Code of Ethics sets standards of conduct for the afterschool professional and outlines personal and professional excellence encouraging the professional development of those working in the afterschool field. The highest standards of professional competence, fairness, impartiality, efficiency, effectiveness, and fiscal responsibility are integrated within the sections, while avoiding any activity that is in conflict with the performance of job responsibilities.