02 December 2013
School Age Center Earns Accreditation and Gets a Face Lift at the Same Time
By: Tarah Schafer, Special to The Standard
 Fort Detrick’s School Age Center earned accreditation with the Council on Accreditation Oct. 25, recognizing the center’s commitment to providing a safe and academically challenging environment for school-age children.

SAC attained accreditation after meeting more than 160 standards representing best practices in caring for children between the ages of 6 and 12.

“It is nice to know we rank in with the top after-school programs,” said Crystal Snyder, the director of Youth Services and SAC.

According to Snyder, center staff makes it a priority to build relationships with kids and their parents. She added that the staff wants parents to feel comfortable leaving their children with the program and trust that they are in good hands.

Extending this commitment to the learning environment, staff recently gave the facility a face-lift. Personnel pitched in and added a game room and library.

“We refined activity areas rather than having more open space,” said Snyder. “Not many big changes, more fine-tuning what we had.”

SAC’s CAO accreditation will be in place for the next four years. During this period, the SAC must maintain performance standards and submit an annual report.

CAO is an international, independent, not-for-profit, child- and family-service and behavioral healthcare accrediting organization which accredits after-school programs in the United States and on U.S. military installations worldwide.

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