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An updated MAAP tool and process are here!

The Minnesota Afterschool Accreditation Program (MAAP) is a state-approved accreditation, developed and operated by the Minnesota School-Age Care Alliance (MnSACA) to promote the highest level of quality programming for those serving school-age youth. MnSACA's mission of promoting quality programs and supporting the leadership and development of professionals is embedded in the MAAP tool.

Accreditation through MAAP is a voluntary process and provides a tangible and marketable display of quality in programs serving school-age youth. It also provides school-age care professionals with performance indicators to guide in continuous program planning, implementation, and evaluation.

Just as a quality program is one that is reflective and willing to improve, change and grow, MnSACA strives to follow the same expectations when it comes to the MAAP process, tools, Indicators of Quality, trainings and other supports. For the past several years, along with the MAAP Advisory Group and other stakeholders in the afterschool community, MnSACA has been working diligently to make updates to all elements of the Minnesota Afterschool Accreditation Program, taking an already outstanding tool of measuring quality, to something even more transparent, user-friendly and well-rounded. We have held focus groups and gathered feedback from dozens of individuals. We also conducted two pilots with a group of programs spanning from district to center-based, from metro to Greater MN, and including both currently accredited and nonaccredited sites.

Whether you are a before-and-afterschool or summer program within a school district, a school-age room/component in a child care center, a community-based program, faith-based program, corporate-based program, or other, this system of quality is for you!

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How Will the MAAP Process Help My Program?

Framework for continuous quality improvement   Context for ongoing professional development
  Strengthen programming and services
Foundation for positive youth outcomes
  Increase staff outcomes and minimize staff turnover
  Convey a commitment to quality to community and families
Engage stakeholders and increase awareness of and appreciation for program
  Affirm and celebrate existing quality
  Eligibility for higher CCAP reimbursement rate

*Once accredited, all programs are eligible to receive a reimbursement for 50% of accreditation fees paid from the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS)*


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Resources to Get You Started

MAAP Informational Guide

The MAAP Informational Guide is the best place to go to get an overview of MAAP accreditation. It provides an introduction to the research and rationale that went into creating MAAP, an overview of the best practices programs are asked to meet to become an accredited program, a description of the accreditation process, timeline options for programs pursuing, and a breakdown of the fees for going through the process.

Download MAAP Informational Guide



From who is eligible to pursue, to what supports are available to those pursuing, to the relationships between MAAP and DHS licensing/certification regulations, to the difference between MAAP and other quality assessment tools, to information about the fall 2019 updates to MAAP, to ways to get involved, and more - everything you could possibly want to know about MAAP lives in our MAAP FAQs! Is there a question we didn't answer? Contact or 651-646-8689 and we'll be happy to help.

Download MAAP FAQs



Fees for going through MAAP vary based on a program’s enrollment size and cover a number of supports along your journey. Once accredited, programs are eligible to receive a reimbursement for half of their paid accreditation fees through the MN Department of Human Services. Also, once accredited, programs serving youth who qualify for child care assistance may be eligible for a higher reimbursement rate.

Download MAAP Fees


2019-2020 Calendar of Important Dates

See a layout of accreditation process deadlines and visit schedules, as well as dates for Communities of Practice (COPs) that programs going the process have access to.

Download MAAP Calendar for Programs Enrolling September 2019


MAAP Keys to Quality

The MAAP Keys to Quality document is your in-depth guide to going through the accreditation process. This tool shares all the best practices you will be asked to meet along your journey. It also breaks down each Indicator of Quality for you to see what they look like in practice, and understand what the Validator will be looking for during the assessment of your program. An appendix provides additional support to help you along the way, including a glossary of terms, guide to other quality resources, and templates to be used at your program.

Download the MAAP Keys to Quality





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