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Promoting Positive Youth Development
Through Quality

The Minnesota School-Age Care Alliance (MnSACA) is a proud state affiliate of the National Afterschool Association (NAA). Our mission is to promote quality afterschool programs and support the leadership and development of school-age care professionals.

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.

MAAP is the ultimate indicator of quality in out-of-school time programs. It provides out-of-school time professionals with performance indicators to guide in program planning, implementation, and evaluation. More than 40 programs are already MAAP accredited and many more are in process.



Join school-age care programs demonstrating quality through accreditation!

The Minnesota Afterschool Accreditation Program (MAAP) process will guide you in your quest for quality programming for Minnesota’s youth.

Whether you are a school-age or afterschool program or an early childhood program with a school-age room, this system of quality is for you!

Questions? Complete the Inquiry Form below.

MAAP Foundations Trainings

Are you curious to learn more about MAAP Accreditation? Are you interested in going through the process, but aren't quite ready to begin? Do you have staff who are new to accreditation? Our MAAP Foundations trainings are the perfect option for you - anyone is welcome to attend! Each training focuses on one of the five MAAP Foundation Areas: Administration, Wellness, Activities, Relationships, and Environment. Learn more about the indicators and criteria within each Foundation Area, and leave with ideas for engaging with them in your afterschool program. These trainings will prepare you to implement these high-quality best practices, whether you have been accredited for years or have not yet begun the process. Visit our Calendar of Events to see a list of upcoming trainings and to register!

Accreditation and the New CCDBG Requirements for School-Age

MAAP provides Indicators of Quality around the areas of hiring policies, background checks, and ongoing professional development. These indicators may provide extra guidance and clarity and tangible suggestions for how to implement the certification requirements in your program. By implementing the MAAP Indicators you will be well on your way towards meeting the DHS regulations, however, MAAP accreditation cannot guarantee that your program will become certified.


Learn more about the CCDBG requirements and bust some myths you may have heard.


What are the Benefits of Being a MAAP Accredited Program?
  • Provides a 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 better trained workforce, thereby minimizing staff turnover
  • Conveys a commitment to quality and informs families’ decisions about out-of-school time care
  • Programs serving children who qualify for child care assistance may be eligible for a higher reimbursement rate.
Enroll in MAAP Today!
If you would like to enroll in the 2018-2019 cohort, fill out a MAAP Intake Form today!

Whether you are new to the MAAP process or are going through re-accreditation, the first thing your program needs to do is fill out a MAAP Intake Form. After your Intake Form is submitted, a staff member will contact you with next steps. Once enrolled, you will be given access to many valuable resources, including the MAAP Self-Study Tool and questionnaires to begin your program improvement and accreditation journey.

You may be eligible to receive subsidies through a special MnAEYC-MnSACA Accreditation Facilitation Project (AFP) funded by the Minnesota Department of Human Services. Complete a MAAP Intake Form today to see if you qualify.

MAAP Resources to Get You Started



MAAP Informational Guide

The MAAP Informational Guide is the best place to go to get an overview of MAAP Accreditation. It offers an introduction to the research and goals behind the creation of MAAP, walks through the steps in the process, provides an overview of fees for going through the process, and lays out the criteria that must be met in order to become accredited.

Overview of MAAP Accreditation PowerPoint

This PowerPoint provides much of the same information as the MAAP Informational Guide, but is a wonderful tool to share with staff, families, school boards, and other stakeholders. It will help them understand the important impact of accreditation on the program and within the community.

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