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.

Let's Talk the Future of Afterschool

Monday, 27 April 2020 00:00

"In these unprecedented times ..."

I don't know about you, but I have had more than a few emails lately that opened with that line.

Support in Response and Recovery

Tuesday, 21 April 2020 09:43

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.

Play Today!

Tuesday, 21 April 2020 09:39

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.

You Are the Heart of Afterschool

Tuesday, 21 April 2020 09:30

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:

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 10:41

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!

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