After school programs and school age programs play a critical roll in keeping our children safe, helping working families, and supporting learning and social development. Yet, how do you measure the quality of the program? Accreditation is the ultimate standard in determining quality.
We are pleased to announce beginning June 1st, 2017, APPLE Accreditation will be offering a new stand-alone accreditation certificate and determination, known as, After-School Accreditation. This accreditation exists to recognize quality in school age care programs, like early care and after care programs.
APPLE Accreditation was developed by owners and operators of early learning centers and is grounded in the unique perspective of the business of child care. Similarly, this new after-school accreditation is modeled after APPLE Accreditation, and developed by a team of policy experts, program directors, and successful business owners who worked together and established a set of high quality standards and benchmarks that makes sense to the distinctiveness of a School Age program.
Achieving this After-School Accreditation determination means this program has demonstrated a strict adherence to these new standards, completed a self-study, submitted a portfolio, participated in an on-site verification visit, and agrees to drop-in audits. In Florida, APPLE's After-School Accreditation is accepted as one of Florida's approved Accrediting Agencies. The APPLE Accreditation - After-School Certificate enables the approved school age program to participate in the Gold Seal Quality Care Program. Designation as a Gold Seal Quality Care Program provides additional benefits including:
- • Ad Valorem Tax Relief
- • Sales Tax Exemption on Supplies and Materials
- • Higher reimbursement for centers participating in school readiness
Yet, the best benefit is giving your parents the confidence that the care of their children no matter the time of day is at an accredited program. Interested in how to get started, click here. Please email us if you would like to set up a call to learn more.