Five before- and after-school programs gain accreditation

mowen@ledger-enquirer.comDecember 16, 2013 

Five before- and after-school programs operated by the Columbus Parks and Recreation Department have been accredited by the Council on Accreditation, the city announced today.

The five elementary schools receiving accreditation are Downtown Magnet Academy, Gentian Elementary, Mathews Elementary, Ridgon Road Elementary and Reese Road Leadership Academy.

The before- and after-school programs are operated in collaboration with Muscogee County School District and Army School Age Programs in Your Neighborhood (ASPYN). The programs are committed to enriching and enhancing the well-being of children.

The COA accreditation process involves a review and analysis of programs’ administrative functions and service delivery practices.

“The object of the accreditation process is to provide the parents, citizens, partners and staff with confidence in the credibility, integrity and achievement of our Before and After School Programs,” said Parks and Rec Director James Worsley.

Worsley said his department participates in 23 local before- and after-school programs and his goal is to eventually see them all accredited.

“We are making great progress toward achieving our goal of accreditation for all our Before and After School Programs,” said Worsley.

The Council on Accreditation is an international, independent, not-for-profit, child-and-family-service and behavioral healthcare accrediting organization. It was founded in 1977 by the Child Welfare League of America and Family Service America (now the Alliance for Children and Families).

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