Originally published in The KC SAC Connection, Issue 1 – Summer 2000
Information provided by Debbie Ervay, Liberty Latchkey in Liberty, MO.
Note: This article was written when the National AfterSchool Association (NAA) was still NSACA (National School Age Care Alliance). The information has been updated to reflect the change to the new NAA organization.
Debbie Ervay is a trained NAA endorser who offered her perspective on what the endorser training entails.
The training is very intense and covers a lot of information. NAA doesn't have any real hot spots; the evaluation wants to make sure that each program has all areas covered. The observation focuses on five areas:
1. Human Relationships. This includes a focus on staff to youth, youth to youth, staff to families, and staff to staff.
2. Indoor Environment. This area deals with how the indoor space meets the needs of the children.
3. Outdoor Environment. This area deals with how the outdoor space meets the needs of the children.
4. Activities. Focus is on daily schedule, variety of activities offered, how activities reflect the mission of the program, and assurance that there are sufficient materials for all children.
5. Safety, Health and Nutrition. This area looks at how the safety and security of children are protected, whether nutritious snacks are served, and if proper health guidelines are followed.
Debbie says, “going through the training makes me more aware of what is expected by the national guidelines for a program to be accredited. When visiting a program, I am aware of the programs strengths and weaknesses and through the observation tool can help a program become better.”
For more information on NAA accreditation, contact:
1137 Washington Street
Dorchester, MA 02124
Web site: NAAweb.org