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Congratulations to Newly-Accredited Afterschool Programs & How You Can Get Involved with MAAP

Monday, August 28, 2017  
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The State Fair is in full swing, and while you are eating roasted corn and cheese curds, and getting your programs ready for the new school year (phew), we are here to support you in your journey to create and sustain a quality program.

The Minnesota Afterschool Accreditation Program (MAAP), developed and run by MnSACA, is the ultimate indicator of quality in afterschool programs and for early childhood programs with a school-age room. It provides professionals with performance indicators to guide in program planning, implementation, and evaluation. As you begin a new school year, it’s a great time to learn what researched best practice in school-age programming looks like and join the more than 50 programs that have invested in their program quality and are already MAAP accredited! Not quite sure what this means or where to start? Learn more below!

Programs Earn MAAP Accreditation this Summer

We are pleased to announce that 21 afterschool programs either earned or renewed their accreditation through MAAP this summer. Quality is not a one shot deal – it is a process of continuous self-study, goal setting, and implementation, and we know these programs will be an ongoing representation in their communities of what quality and best practice looks like.

Please join us in congratulating the following programs for all of their hard and dedicated work! Check out our Facebook post and leave your congratulations.

Edina Kids Club
Robbinsdale Adventure Club
Concord Elementary Meadow Lake Elementary
Edina Community Center Northport Elementary
School of Engineering & Arts
Minneapolis Kids Zachary Lane Elementary
Dowling Elementary
Kenny Elementary Roseville Friendship Connection
Lyndale Elementary Edgerton Elementary
Pratt Elementary Falcon Heights Elementary
Whittier Elementary Little Canada Elementary
Minnetonka Explorers Club Watertown-Mayer Kids' Company
Clear Springs Elementary Watertown-Mayer Primary School
Deephaven Elementary
Wayzata Home Base
Osseo Kidstop Greenwood Elementary
Weaver Lake Elementary
Woodland Elementary
Zanewood Elementary

Visit our website to see a list of all MAAP accredited programs.

Begin Your Accreditation Journey
This Fall

The Minnesota Afterschool Accreditation Program (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 system of quality is for you!

What is MAAP and why should you join? Get started with this introductory video.

Learn More About MAAP Accreditation

Intake Forms are now being accepted through September 15 for the 2017-2018 cohort. You may be eligible to receive subsidies through a special MnSACA Accreditation Facilitation Project (AFP) funded by the Minnesota Department of Human Services.

Complete a MAAP Intake Form Today!

Questions? We are here to support you! Contact or 651-789-3586.


Get Involved with MAAP through Coaching, Validating, and Trainings

Are you looking for other ways to get involved with MAAP or learn more about the process? These opportunities are for you!

  • Apply to be a MAAP Coach – Coaches play a crucial role in the accreditation process through observing program practices, providing feedback that guides programs toward improvement efforts, and supporting programs toward successful completion of their accreditation journey. Coaches are trained and certified by MnSACA, but programs seeking accreditation are responsible for hiring and providing compensation for the own coaches. MnSACA will facilitate connections between coaches and programs. Learn more today! Applications are due Friday, September 8.
  • Apply to be a MAAP Validator – MAAP Validators perform validation visits for afterschool programs pursuing accreditation. During the visit, Validators represent MnSACA in a professional manner by observing and rating the program’s practices against MAAP standards and indicators of quality. To be fully certified, individuals must attend a mandatory two-day training and complete a Validator-in-Training program. Certified Validators will be compensated via a $300 stipend after a validation visit is complete. Don’t miss out on this great leadership opportunity! Applications are due Friday, September 8.
  • MAAP Foundations Trainings – These trainings are a great refresher for those who have been through the process before, and a perfect orientation for those who are brand new to MAAP. Each training focuses on one of the five MAAP Foundation Areas: Administration, Wellness, Activities, Relationships, and Environment. Learn more about the indicators within each Foundation Area, and leave with ideas for engaging with them in your afterschool program. Registration opens on September 11. Visit our Calendar of Events to see a list of upcoming opportunities.

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