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Begin Your Quality Improvement Journey

Monday, February 10, 2020  
Posted by: Lara Richardson
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Afterschool programs play a critical role in keeping Minnesota's youth safe, helping working families and supporting learning. High-quality afterschool programs can have strong positive outcomes on youth's academic, social and emotional lives. Recent reviews of evaluations on well-run and effective afterschool programs showed that participation in quality programs improved youth feelings of self-confidence, self-esteem, attitudes toward school, school grades, and achievement test scores.

The Minnesota Afterschool Accreditation Program (MAAP) was developed on the research of best practices in programs serving school-age youth.

MAAP 3.0 is here!

Program accreditation is the ultimate indication of program quality. MAAP encourages programs to reflect on and make improvements in five key areas of programming: administration, wellness, activities, relationships, and environments. It provides professionals with performance indicators and benchmarks of quality to guide program planning, implementation and evaluation. Accreditation also serves to guide families in making more informed choices about programming for their children. Moreover, the accreditation process supports a team approach to program improvement and fosters a competent, caring and qualified staff.

We invite you to learn more here about MAAP, the benefits of going through accreditation, and the updates that were introduced last fall.

We look forward to working with your program on your continuous quality improvement journey!

Enroll by March 31, 2020


Join us for a MAAP Informational Session

We will be holding two FREE informational sessions this month for those new to MAAP who want to learn more, those who are familiar with MAAP and want to know more about the updates, and everyone in between. We will give a brief overview of the process and benefits, share our rationale for the updates that were made, and leave time for a Q&A.

Sign up to attend one of the following. A recorded version will also be available for later viewing.

Wednesday, February 26 from 10:00-11:00 a.m.

Register Here

Wednesday, February 26 from 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Register Here


Calling MAAP Coaches

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.

We are excited to offer a variety of professional development opportunities for those wishing to support programs going through MAAP accreditation, including our MAAP Coaching training on March 13.

Learn More about Upcoming Opportunities for Coaches

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