National Afterschool Association


The National Afterschool Association (NAA) is the voice of the afterschool profession. NAA is the national membership organization for professionals who work with and on behalf of children and youth during out-of-school time. NASA’s mission is to promote development, provide education and encourage advocacy for the out-of-school-time community to further the afterschool profession.

NAA exists to inspire, connect and equip afterschool professionals.

NAA Members:

The North Carolina Center for Afterschool Programs (NC CAP) is the North Carolina Affiliate of the National AfterShool Association. NAA and its State Affiliates share a mutual purpose and agreement to support, develop, and advocate for Out-of-School Time professionals and the profession. NAA and its State Affiliates build connectivity among stakeholders and create opportunities for engagement to ensure a vibrant future for the Out-of-School Time profession. 

OST professionals who are not currently paid NAA members and live in North Carolina, our state affiliation and a Synergy Conference registration make you eligible for a free NAA membership. If you prefer, NAA membership may be purchased directly from NAA on a sliding scale from $25 to $150.

NAA Provides:

  • Publications, resources, and services that reflect best-practice thinking of the profession.
  • Dissemination of ideas and information that support the professional development needs of members in the field.
  • The only national convention in the field for afterschool professionals.
  • A user-friendly, informational website and regular electronic communications for members.
  • Access to affordable training, technical assistance, and professional development for afterschool program staff.
  • Access to members-only professional resources and consultation services.
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