What to Know Before You Go

We look forward to seeing you in the Washington, D.C., area for the National AfterSchool Association Convention 2020! The important details below will help you get ready and make the most of your time at NAA20.


What to Wear

Plan for business casual clothing, dress in layers and wear comfortable shoes.

Speaking of what to wear, the first public event is a Rally for Afterschool at the General Session on March 15 at 6 p.m. Participants wear statement clothing (like slogan t-shirts) and bring rally signs (or make them on-site) showing support of afterschool. During the Rally, participants sit in designated areas with other members of their states. A lead has been identified for each state who, if they haven’t already, will reach out to you with more details about the state plans for the Rally.

Prepare for Basic Needs

Plan to bring a water bottle and small snacks to stay hydrated and nourished. We’ll have water coolers and provide several opportunities for food, but you don’t want to miss anything because you’re stuck in line at the hotel gift shop!

Health and Wellness

With the ongoing concerns about the COVID-19 virus, we want you to know the safety of convention participants is of utmost importance to us. NAA Convention will proceed as planned. However, we have made some modifications to address concerns.

Out of an abundance of caution, we are declaring NAA20 a “Handshake-Free Zone.” Try these alternative handshake ideas at Convention.

In addition, our event team is working with the hotel to ensure appropriate health and safety measures are in place for all participants. We also trust that participants will undertake all necessary precautions to protect their own health and safety—by traveling with hand sanitizers—while at the event and during travel.

In the meantime, please consider these proactive precautions as recommended by the Center for Disease Control, to protect yourself and those around you.

Importantly, if you have a respiratory illness or fever, please stay home.

Program Books

Program books are available online here and can be picked up at Registration. Note: If you need to document your training time, use the certificate located near the end of the program book.

Event Location/Hotel

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center
201 Waterfront Street
National Harbor, Maryland 20745
P. (301) 965-4000

Check-in time is 3:00 pm
Check-out time is 11:00 am

All hotel guests are required to provide a form of payment at the Gaylord front desk upon check-in.

If paying for your hotel stay with a company card or a personal card, and the cardholder will not be present, you must complete a credit card authorization form prior to arrival. Company checks must be received 10 business days prior to arrival and are not accepted at the desk. Please note, we do not accept personal checks. Call the Gaylord at (301) 965-4000 ext. 5 for a guest service agent to assist you with completing the form. Note: paper credit card authorizations are no longer accepted before arrival or at the desk.

Become a Marriott’s Bonvoy Member to minimize check-in wait time at the Convention hotel by using the digital key. Click here to learn about digital key instructions.

Getting There

Washington, D.C. has multiple transportation options of varying price and duration. See some of the options and discounts in the NAA20 Convention App or click here.


Valet parking is available for $49 per day. Self-parking options are available at the hotel for $30 per day.



Name Badges

Stop by registration to pick up your name badge, swag bag and program book. Wear your name badge at all times for all Convention activities. Badges are required for session and Learning Expo admittance.

NAA20 Convention Registration and Help Desk

Located on the Ballroom Level. Registration is separated alphabetically by last name. Please bring a business card or photo ID when checking in.

Sunday, March 15 - 12:00 pm - 8:30 pm in Woodrow Wilson A
Monday, March 16 - 7:00 am - 5:00 pm in Woodrow Wilson A
Tuesday, March 17 - 7:30 am - 4:30 pm in Maryland Ballroom C Foyer

Bling Out Your Badge

While you’re at registration, pick up a badge ribbon or two to tell people more about you. All Convention participants are Executive members. Are you an Advocate member, presenter, or exhibitor? There are ribbons for all of you. First time participants are VIPs (Very Important Participants). If that’s you, add a VIP ribbon! Stop by the NAA Networking Hub in the Learning Expo for lanyard buttons that show your support for afterschool and afterschool professionals.

Afterschool for All Challenge

If you're registered for the Afterschool for All Challenge, visit the Challenge Check-In Desk in the Maryland Ballroom A Foyer for more details.

  • Tuesday, March 17 - 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday, March 18 - 7:30 - 10:00 am

Get Social

Share highlights, pictures and connect with others on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and in the NAA20 Convention App feed—include hashtag #NAA20. Daily social media contests will be announced in the app and are available in the program book.

Thank you for joining us at NAA Convention 2020––where afterschool professionals and leaders gather to get inspired, connected, learn and share!