|By Rob Schuette, Public Affairs Staff
McCoy Child, Youth & School (CYS) Services School Age Services (SAS)
program has received re-accreditation for its after-school program.
Members of the National AfterSchool Association (NAA) conducted an
on-site inspection visit in late 2009, said Cori Yahnke, acting SAS
School Age Services youth learn
the fine art of juggling during Pajama Day with the 4-H Arts and
Communication State Specialist during non-school day activities.
The youth made their own juggling balls out of bird seed,
baggies, and balloons.
Photo by Child , Youth & School Services staff
The accreditation recognizes the program for quality afterschool
programming, application of NAA standards for quality school-age care to
daily practice, and a long-term commitment to the children and Families
in the Fort McCoy community.
Program strengths observed by the NAA endorsers included Families and
children recognized through the Star Program. Parents created collages
of Family members engaged in various activities, and these photos were
posted in the front lobby for all to see.
Children were recognized as star students for their initiatives in eight
categories: most helpful, respectful, good listener, responsible,
scholarly, best bus rider, trustworthy and best attitude.
“We were recognized for having the 4-H Adventure Club lead weekly
meetings and its members addressing the concerns and questions of older
youth,” Yahnke said. “The group also addressed what the youth wanted in
terms of upcoming activities and future projects.”
The staff appeared to like working with each other, according to the
site inspection team report.
This led to them displaying respect for each other, the children and the
Finally, the facility was clean, bright, and presented a homelike
environment where children could rest, relax, play and have fun
interacting with each other in a safe environment, the site inspection
team report said.
“The accreditation award you have earned took solid leadership,
teamwork, Family support and perseverance,” said Christine Schmidt, NAA
accreditation manager. “All of these qualities also will help ensure
that your program continues to maintain the high level of quality that
you have attained.”
Yahnke said Fort McCoy sought the accreditation because it is required
by the Army and also indicates a quality, top-notch program.
“The Army has set a goal to have 100 percent of its after-school
programs accredited,” Yahnke said. “This provides consistency throughout
the programs and also helps ensure military Families receive
high-quality care throughout the system no matter where they are
The Fort McCoy accreditation will be valid through November 2013.
For more information about the NAA, visit the Web site
For more information about the Fort McCoy CYS Services program and
activities, call 608-388-2238 or visit the Web site