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DOUBLE TAP TO ZOOM WITH PHONE OR TABLET 3. language environment 4. books and book-reading opportunities 5. print and early writing supports The National AfterSchool Association (NAA) Code of Ethics The Code of Ethics sets standards of conduct for the school-age staff and outlines personal and profes- sional excellence. It encourages professional development of those working in the school-age field. The highest standards of professional competence, fairness, impartiality, efficiency, effectiveness, and fiscal responsibility are integrated within the sections. It was designed as a resource to assist the school-age professional in understanding the ethical responsibilities inherent in providing school-age programs for children ages five through eighteen. Use this document as an assessment tool to determine where your organization and staff stand on ethical issues. This document is divided into four sections that cover ethical responsibilities to children and youth, families, colleagues, and the community. In addition, this document provides a statement of ethical conduct for school-age staff that can be used with staff and shared with parents. The National AfterSchool Association’s Afterschool Core Knowledge and Competencies This document outlines the knowledge and skills needed by staff to provide quality afterschool care. This assessment tool allows the school-age staff to be rated at one of five levels for each of the following categories: • child and youth growth and development • learning environments and curriculum • child and youth observation and assessment • interactions with children and youth • youth engagement • cultural competency and responsiveness • family, school, and community relationships • safety and wellness • program planning and development • professional development and leadership The National AfterSchool Association Standards for Healthy Eating and Physical Activity (HEPA) in Out-of-School Time Programs This tool was developed in collaboration with the National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST) and the National AfterSchool Association (NAA). These standards are up-to-date, evidence-based, and prac- tical, and they foster the best possible nutrition and physical activity outcomes for children in grades kindergarten through twelve attending school-age programs. According to the NAA website, there are two notable points to consider when using HEPA standards: some standards will be easy to adopt, while COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL Appendix C • 273