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Expand Your Afterschool Knowledge and Build Quality Programming

Monday, October 9, 2017  
Posted by: Lara Richardson
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MnAEYC-MnSACA has a variety of opportunities to help support you in your programmatic and professional growth.  

Registration Closing Soon for School-Age Leadership Journey Series

Administering a high-quality afterschool program is an awesome responsibility, one that requires specialized knowledge and skills.Whether you are new to your leadership role, are aspiring to a leadership role, or have been in your role for many years, we welcome you to join us for a leadership series designed especially for you!

Don't miss your chance to be part of a cohort learning model that includes a combination of trainings and Communities of Practice (COPs). COPs are facilitated networking groups - a great opportunity to come together with others in the field to discus best practice, and share successes and struggles in order to learn from one another. Trainings will include topics such as HR 101, professional development planning, team-building, program evaluation, supervising & coaching, and more.

Two separate cohorts are being offered in order to best fit your needs. Join the Building Skills cohort if you are newer to your leadership/supervisory role. Join the Realizing Potential cohort if you are experienced in your leadership/supervisory role.

Registration closes on Friday, October 20.

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Join Us in Buffalo, MN for Super School-Age Saturday

(Re)Imagine the Power of Youth
Discovery Elementary School, Buffalo, Minnesota
Saturday, November 4, 2017
8:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Super School-Age Saturday is an engaging professional development event designed specifically for staff working in school-age care/afterschool and summer programs to deepen their knowledge and skills in providing high-quality youth development opportunities.

This event, "(Re)Imagine the Power of Youth," will focus on how you can encourage youth voice and build young leaders. Participants will come away with the practical tools and information needed to do this work effectively in their programs. Presentations will focus on youth voice, youth leadership, and youth community involvement.

Group registration and membership discounts are available!

Registration closes on Friday, October 27.


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Afterschool Best Practice: What Does it Look Like & How Do I Begin?

Do you ever wonder:

  • What policies and procedures make a quality program?
  • How can our program ensure the safety and wellness of youth?
  • What do effective relationships among staff, youth, families and the community look like?
  • Are we implementing the best activities and creating an environment that truly build all areas of a youth's development?

If you are looking to get down to the nitty-gritty, day-to-day operations of what makes an afterschool program a high-quality one, our MAAP Foundations trainings are for you.

The Minnesota Afterschool Accreditation Program (MAAP) is a state-approved accreditation, developed by MnSACA to promote the highest level of quality programming for school-age and afterschool care. Whether you are currently going through the accreditation process, are considering it in the future, or are looking to learn from and share with fellow professionals in the field, this series of trainings is a great way to dip your toe in the water.

There are many ways to push the caliber of your program up several notches by making quality improvements in all areas of programming. These trainings will focus on five areas of programming: Administration, Wellness, Activities, Relationships and Environment, diving into each area with specific, researched-based best practices. Leave with multiple strategies and ideas for implementation. 

Registration is now open! Sign-up for the entire series (4 trainings), or whichever individual trainings best suit your needs. Stay tuned for a second series of MAAP Foundations trainings coming in the spring of 2018.

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