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Tuesday, March 28, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Laura Meath
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Promote Youth Development through Quality

Are you looking for a framework for quality improvement efforts to strengthen your program? Would you like to increase positive youth outcomes, foster a better-trained workforce and minimize staff turnover? Would you like to convey a commitment to quality, which will inform families’ decisions about which afterschool program they choose?

If you said yes to any of these questions, then the Minnesota Afterschool Accreditation Program (MAAP) is the right choice for your program! The MAAP process will guide you in your quest for quality programming for Minnesota’s youth. Whether you are a school-age or afterschool program or an early childhood program with a school-age room, this framework for quality is for you!

MAAP was developed by the Minnesothow a School-Age Care Alliance (MnSACA), and is a state-approved accreditation, recognized as the ultimate indicator of quality in afterschool programs. It provides afterschool professionals with performance indicators to guide in program planning, implementation, and evaluation. More than 40 programs are already MAAP accredited, and many more are in the process.

MnSACA is now accepting Intake Forms for the 2017-2018 school year. We would love to work with your program and staff to guide and support you through the MAAP accreditation process. You may be eligible to receive subsidies through a MnAEYC-MnSACA Accreditation Facilitation Project (AFP) funded by the Minnesota Department of Human Services.

Learn about the history, process, criteria, and more using the MAAP Informational Guide, and contact with any questions you have. We also invite you to visit our website to find out other ways to begin making quality improvements at your afterschool program, even if you aren’t quite ready to pursue accreditation.

We look forward to welcoming you into a future cohort!

Learn New Ways to Promote Youth Voice

Registration for Super School-Age Saturday, (Re)Imagine the Power of Youth is now open!

Register Today

Here are 5 reasons you should attend!

  1. Be inspired
    Choose from a number of break-out sessions where leaders in the field will share innovative and practical information on how to promote youth voice and build young leaders in your programs.
  2. Break out of your comfort zone
    Be open to new ways of thinking about how you engage the children and youth in your program.  
  3. Connect with others and build your network
    Meet other afterschool professionals from around Minnesota who are also working in the field and share and learn from each other. Get reenergized!
  4. It’s a great deal
    You get a day of valuable training designed specifically for afterschool professionals. Breakfast and lunch are included! (MnSACA members get a discount.)
  5. Fuel your own mind
    Last, but certainly not least, it’s important to take a break and set aside a day for your own learning and growing and connecting. We know it’s critically important for the children in your programs, but it’s equally important for you too!

Saturday, April 29
8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Washington Technology Magnet School
1495 Rice St.
St. Paul, MN 55114
More information about the event, including
sessions can be found

Join Us at the Early Childhood Professions Expo 2017


MnAEYC-MnSACA is a proud event partner of the Early Childhood Professions Expo. Join us for this FREE day of networking and learning. Find pathways to higher education, training, financial aid, and career advancement in the early childhood field.

Date: Saturday, April 22, 2017
Time: 9:00 a.m. – Noon (Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m.)
Place: Minneapolis Community and Technical College,
              1501 Hennepin Avenue
              Minneapolis, MN 55403

Register Today


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