Kids Clubs earn accreditation
Red Rock and Liberty Ridge elementary schools Kids Clubs programs received accreditation from the National Afterschool Association (NAA) for meeting standards for quality school-aged care. According to information provided by the district, they are the "first-ever ISD 833 school-based child care programs to be nationally accredited."
NAA endorsers visited the sites to evaluate all aspects of the program. The 36 NAA Standards for Quality School-Age Care "keys" to quality include human relationships: staff, parents, children; indoor and outdoor environments: space, equipment; activities: lesson planning, scheduling, variety, materials; safety, health and nutrition: supervision, healthy options; and administration: polices, procedures, budget and staff training.
According to information provided by the district, the benefits of being an NAA accredited program include: accountability for sustained program improvement; up-to-date programs as determined by current research; programs that lead to better outcomes for children and youth; and tools that promote a team approach to program improvement, where parents, children, and staff play significant roles in the self-improvement approach to a quality program.
According to Lynn Deml, youth programs manager at Community Education, "NAA Accreditation ultimately leads to better trained staff, leading to greater stability and higher outcomes for children."
Deml credits each site's team. Liberty Ridge Kids Club team members were: site supervisors Heidi Wright and Marie Allery; paraprofessionals Tracy Willits, Satonia Moore-Ellis, Lisa Chapman, Jenna Willits, Samantha Gora, Peggy Felipe, April Irestone, Barb Alm, Nicole Martinez, Barbara Gray, Dave Foster, Rob Alm and Kristin Sampson; management team liaisons Heather Craigie and Carly Parker; and ASQ self-study team members including parents Kate Stuckert and Melissa Knoepfler and staff members Kari Lopez and Kelli Isakson.
Red Rock Kid Club team members were: site supervisors Amy Stadelman and Holly Yannarelly; paraprofessionals Shakila Bachelani, Vicky Moore, Bridget Broshears and Jennifer Hughes; management team liaisons Heather Craigie and Carly Parker; and ASQ self-study team members including parents Dave and Marci Patchett and Susan Tulashie and health care specialist Patty Ferrarini.