All professional societies share common characteristics. Among them are a body of knowledge and skills, culture, a code of ethics, and public recognition. The NAA Core Knowledge and Competencies have been developed to enable afterschool and youth development practitioners to demonstrate expertise and gain a higher level of recognition within their communities–particularly from school officials–that has long been sought after.
In 2011, the National AfterSchool Association adopted standards for healthy eating and physical activity (HEPA) in Out-of-School time. In 2018, NAA completed an extensive refresh of the standards. In version 2.0 you will find a streamlined, user-friendly version of the Standards. NAA invites you to download the standards and encourages you to tailor them to your program's specific needs as you strive to be a high-quality program that promotes healthy behaviors.
The purpose of the NAA Code of Ethics is to raise awareness of our personal commitment to ethical conduct as we carry out our professional responsibilities, conforming to accepted professional standards of conduct. Our Code of Ethics adheres to the highest standards of integrity and honesty in all public and personal activities to inspire public confidence and trust in the afterschool profession.
TurnkeyPD provides afterschool professionals with the resources to host relevant discussions among peers, colleagues, staff, or community leaders. If you are looking to connect with afterschool professionals in your area or engage your staff with relevant topics, TurnkeyPD will provide the materials for you. Each download below offers an article and corresponding talking guide. We invite you to try it and we would love to hear how you are utilizing it in your organization or community!
STEM Gems are short discovery-based experiences. They involve little or no materials and may be easily implemented by educators who are not STEM specialists. Each STEM Gem is designed to engage young people in active experiential learning. The activities begin by setting up connections to prior knowledge, then a hands on activity provides new concepts and the opportunity to design experiments to answer any questions the kids discover. Finally, a connection to a different scenario for the concept is provided to help cement and evaluate the learning.
Join the industry's top experts for engaging conversations about trending topics relevant to the field of afterschool—each designed to educate, inspire and equip you with new ideas and tools for your program.
Join NAA to access custom publications covering a wide variety of topics relevant to the field.
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Our members have spoken and in response to community requests for a print solution we have partnered with mimeo.com to provide the NAA Resource Print Center – your one-stop shop for bulk printing of NAA Resources.
This guide provides easy and readily adaptable messages for frontline staff to communicate STEM program happenings and share children's engagement and development.
Who is an afterschool professional? Research from the NAA proves we are well-educated, experienced and committed to our careers.