An Overview of the Minnesota Afterschool Accreditation Program (MAAP)

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An Overview of the Minnesota Afterschool Accreditation Program (MAAP)




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An Overview of the Minnesota Afterschool Accreditation Program (MAAP)

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What is Accreditation?

Accreditation is both a status and a process

Status:

Accreditation provides public notification that standards of quality are met as set forth by an accrediting agency.

Process:

Accreditation reflects an organization’s desire and commitment to not only engage in self-study, but to submit to an external review and to continuously seek ways in which to enhance the quality of service, education, and training provided.

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MAAP Accreditation

is the ultimate indicator of quality in afterschool programs. It provides afterschool professionals with performance indicators to guide in program planning, implementation, and evaluation.

Quality

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Why Accreditation?

Why is it good for programs?

Why is it good for

families

?

Why is it good for

staff?

Why is it good

for

children?

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Why Accreditation?

Provides a sustainable framework for program quality improvement efforts

Provides a context for ongoing professional development

Measurably strengthens afterschool programs and services

Serves as a foundation for positive youth outcomes

Fosters a competent, caring, qualified team of caregivers

Transforms individual staff members into a strong professional team

Minimizes staff turnover

Conveys a commitment to quality

Informs families’ decisions about afterschool care

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MAAP 2.0 Standards and Indicators

Grouped into five Foundation Areas

:

A

dministration

W

ellness

A

ctivities

R

elationships

E

nvironment

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Foundation Areas

The Foundation Areas are broad categories of program work and include: Administration, Wellness, Activities, Relationships, and Environment (AWARE). Each Foundation Area includes a brief statement of the rationale describing the area’s impact on quality. Each area includes multiple Standards.

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Standards

Standards are expressions of the expectations of high-quality programs and are phrased as a statement of the desired practice. Meeting each of the Standards demonstrates that a program is sufficiently strong in each Foundation Area. There are multiple Standards in each Foundation Area. Each Standard includes multiple Indicators.

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Indicators

Indicators describe in detail the practices that are needed to meet the Standard. Some standards have just a few indicators, while others have many indicators. Indicators may be either ‘required’ (R) or ‘emerging’ (E).

Required Indicators

are those practices that

must

be demonstrated for a program to receive accreditation. These practices are considered essential to high quality and/or are foundational to other emerging practices. All required indicators must be met for a program to become accredited.

Emerging Indicators

are those practices that are linked to exceptional outcomes for youth but may still be only partially implemented in high-quality programs. These indicators represent cutting-edge practices in the profession or supporting practices that provide an enhanced level of challenge for high-quality programs to work toward. During the validation visit, emerging indicators are scored using a 0-3 point scale.

To become accredited programs must score 80 of the possible total points of all emerging indicators.

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Foundation Area

I:

Administration

Effective administration practices support transparency and openness, helping to create an environment in which program quality and positive youth development are most likely to occur and be sustained.

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Foundation Area

II:

Wellness

The program’s policies and practices support the wellness of the youth participants.

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Foundation Area

III:

Activities

The program plans and implements activities that support youth development and engagement.

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Foundation Area

IV:

Relationships

Relationships are developed among staff members, youth, and families to promote youth development.

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Foundation Area

V:

Environment

The program environment is safe and accessible and promotes youth development across domains.

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Stages of MAAP Accreditation

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Enrollment in MAAP

Complete the MAAP Intake Form. Subsidies and supports are available for qualifying programs, and the Intake Form is used to determine eligibility.

Complete the Enrollment in MAAP form and submit a $250 enrollment fee.

Select a MAAP Certified Accreditation Coach.

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Building a Community of Support for Program Improvement

Prepare the Staff

Prepare the Community

Recruit the Stakeholder Team

Staff

Families

Host

Youth

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Host an Accreditation

Kick-Off

Event

Ideas for building a community of support:

Invite school staff, administrators, parents, and other community stakeholders for “Happy Hour.” Serve treats and provide an overview of MAAP Accreditation.

Initiate participation in the Stakeholder Team

Host a Kids Performance Night – simple skits, songs, or demonstrations of their activities can be displayed, and treats served.

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Next Steps to Accreditation

Members of Stakeholder Team engage in the self-study process:

Conduct and tally surveys

Conduct initial program observations

Schedule Stakeholder Meetings

Develop and implement an Action Plan for Program Improvement

Submit the Intent to Continue in the MAAP Process form, along with fee

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MAAP Cohort Meetings & Foundations Trainings

Cohort Meetings

Cohort meetings are open to programs

currently

going through accreditation and are free of charge. These meetings are geared toward site directors, program coordinators, and administrators who are involved in the

paperwork

and

processes

of going through MAAP.

Foundations Trainings

Foundations trainings are public trainings open to anyone, regardless if they are going through accreditation or not, and have a registration fee associated with them. These trainings break down the five Foundation Areas, and their corresponding Standards & Indicators, and are appropriate for any staff members that may want to learn more about how to implement these elements into their classroom and the program.

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Prepare for Validation Visit

Coach and Stakeholder Team conduct final program observations

Stakeholder Team may decide to re-survey to ensure program improvements are embedded in everyday practice

Validation Visit Application is submitted

Pre-Visit Documentation is prepared and submitted, along with a the validation visit fee

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Visit Day &

Accreditation

Decision

Validation visit day is scheduled by

MnSACA

staff

Site director works with validator to arrange the visit day logistics

Visit day arrives!

Program is notified of accreditation decision within 120 days of the visit

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Accreditation Is…

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Questions?

Call 651-789-3586

Email

maap@mnaeyc-mnsaca.org

The MAAP Self-Study

Tool and Master Key to Quality, as well as many other supporting documents and other

resources,

are available to enrolled programs only.


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