Free Resource: After School Gets Moving

September 13, 2017

afterschoolgetsmovingA new, free professional development resource, After School Gets Moving, offers a media-based professional development intervention for afterschool practitioners.

Afterschool programs present a strategic opportunity and environment to address the health consequences of insufficient physical activity among children. After School Gets Moving helps practitioners do so by providing them with: (1) a media-based staff training program with developmentally appropriate games/activities and (2) a Leader’s Guide to structure use of the media in a professional development workshop.

The program, developed by Vida Health Communications and funded by the Centers for Disease Control and the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, has now been digitalized and is available for free viewing and download.

The National Institute on Out-of-School Time's evaluation of After School Gets Moving concluded that it is “a compelling professional development resource for out-of-school time programs and has the advantage of being re-usable, portable, and customizable for program and participant needs."


    "NIOST has been an anchor for numerous school age care projects we do, including ASQ (After-School Quality) and Links to Learning. They are a nationally respected organization that Pennsylvania has partnered with for over 20 years."

    – Betsy O. Saatman, TA Specialist/SAC Initiatives, Pennsylvania Key

    "NIOST was a core partner in supporting the development of quality improvement systems across the nine cities that participated in The Wallace Foundation Next Generation Afterschool System-Building Initiative. The NIOST team worked well with other technical assistance partners in the initiative, always willing to pitch in and collaborate with others to make our professional learning community meetings a team effort. I truly hope the Foundation has an opportunity to partner with them in the future."

    – Priscilla M. Little, Initiative Manager, The Wallace Foundation


    "NIOST has been a leader in the out-of-school time field for as long as I can remember, and I have relied on their research, tools, and advice to improve my practice throughout my career. Their staff members are good partners and good listeners, and their influence across the country is palpable."

    – Jane Quinn, Vice President and Director of National Center for Community Schools, Children's Aid Society

    "Georgia Hall, Ellen Gannett, and the NIOST team have been instrumental in driving the healthy afterschool movement. Their dedication to quality practice, informed policy, and collective impact is instrumental in our effort to create healthier communities."

    – Daniel W. Hatcher, Director, Community Partnerships, Alliance for a Healthier Generation

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