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.

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).

Youth Civic Engagement Programs: Lifelong Impact

Tuesday, 17 March 2015 14:40

After school and other out-of-school time (OST) providers should consider adding Youth Civic Engagement programs to their regular program offerings, as these types of learning experiences benefit the child, provider, and our greater society. Through positive youth development programming we empower youth each day—so why not focus some of that wonderful energy toward formally getting children civically engaged?

Google Science Fair

Tuesday, 17 March 2015 14:33

The Google Science Fair is a global online competition open to individuals and teams ages thirteen to eighteen. Students sign up for the Science Fair with a free Google account at

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