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Connecticut After School Leader Selected as Chair of the Board of Directors for the National AfterSchool Association (NAA)

June 16th, 2017

Washington, DC, June 15, 2017-Tracey Lay, Director, School Age Programs & Development Services for EdAdvance, the Regional Education Service Center in western Connecticut was appointed to chair the Board of Directors for the National AfterSchool Association (NAA), after being elected to the board two years ago in a national election.

The mission of the National AfterSchool Association is to foster development, provide education, and encourage advocacy for the out-of-school-time community.   NAA is the membership association for professionals who work with children and youth in diverse school and community-based settings to provide a wide variety of extended learning opportunities and care during out-of-school hours.  Members include afterschool program directors, coordinators, sponsors, front-line staff, school leaders, principals, teachers, paraprofessionals, board of education members, non-profit leaders, advocates, community leaders, policymakers, researchers, and more.

Lay began her three-year term with the NAA Board on July 1, 2015.  She stated “It has been an honor to serve on the Board of NAA.  I am proud to serve my programs, region, state and country in a field I am so passionate about.  In my short tenure on the board I have been fortunate to experience increased networking opportunities with colleagues across the country and hope that my background and history in the field has helped enhance their experiences in the field, as well.  I look forward to helping further the mission of NAA as a leader of the board, along with my impressive fellow board members and the incredible staff leaders of the organization, as we work together to develop and educate the providers, as well as continuing to advocate for the field of out of school time.”

Lay has worked in the afterschool/out of school time profession for the past 30 years.  She has a passion for after school and has witnessed the growth of the field during her tenure.  Many colleagues around the state affectionately refer to her as the field “historian” due to her experience and involvement in out of school time.  Lay has a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Communication and a Specialization in Early Childhood Development, and an M.S. in Organizational & Strategic Communication.  

In her current role at EdAdvance, formerly Education Connection, Lay is responsible for new program development in the Out of School Time field; coordinates 14 school-based, before and after school sites in 8 school districts, serving 25 schools in northwestern Connecticut; manages training and professional development systems for other agencies and school districts; oversees contracts for the State Department of Education; and consults to other agencies.  She is a state approved Education Consultant and NIOST (National Institute on Out of School Time) Quality Advisor Specialist, as well as a proficient state and national trainer.

Lay has served on many local, state and national committees and has been a strong advocate for children.  She has been very involved with the Connecticut After School Network (formerly CSACA-CT School Age Care Alliance) and had served on their Board of Directors for 19 years, including roles as Secretary, President and Chair.  Lay had a primary role in the transition of CSACA into the CT After School Network. She has been an active member of the State Department of Education After School Advisory Council since its inception.  In addition, she was an integral part of the CT After School Alliance since it started in 2000.  Lay is the Facilitator for the Northwest Regional After School Network.  Her other roles have included being a member of the State Department of Public Health Regulation Review Sub-Committee, a former School Age Representative for the National Council for Professional Recognition in Washington D.C. and a member of local, state and national committees/boards.

Lay lives in Northwest Connecticut with her husband of 23 years, two teenage children and two dogs that keep her life busy, happy and fulfilled.

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