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School-Age Program earns accreditation

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  • By Senior Airman Shane Dunaway
  • 36th Wing Public Affairs
Evaluators from the Council of Accreditation recently certified the Andersen AFB, Guam, School-Age Program as an accredited program following an expedited review process to ensure the program complied with standards established by the COA.

Maryvel Jones, the Child Development Center's youth program director, received notification via email from Richard Klarberg, President and Chief Executive Officer of the COA, April 22. Mrs. Jones will receive the formal accreditation notification letter, Final Accreditation Report and certificate of accreditation in four weeks.

"The program was expedited though the Pre-Commission Review Report process as a result of not receiving any out of compliance ratings in any of the fundamental practice or core standards," Mr. Klarberg said via email. "Congratulations on this amazing achievement."

The program is located in Bldg. 1625, the CDC, and is open Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The program is closed on weekend, federal holidays and Pacific Air Forces family days.

According to Mrs. Jones, the mission for the program is to provide high quality care for children in first through fifth grade, students six to 12 years old, in a safe, caring environment so that parents may work confidently in their own work assignments.

"The accreditation is a big impact to the Andersen Community, especially for those military families that use the child and youth programs," Mrs. Jones said. "It shows that the program's providers continuously deliver the best quality care services to our parents. It identifies that our providers have met high performance standards and had made a commitment to their parents to deliver the best quality services."

Evaluators graded the program on a scale of 1 through 4, with 1 being the highest score. The program scored a rating of either 1 or 2 in all areas.

"This is a tremendous effort that continues to display our commitment to quality of life and the wing's dedication to taking care of our families," said Lt. Col. Brian Hinsvark, 36th Force Support Squadron commander. "This achievement, where an external civilization evaluation highlighted our outstanding efforts, speaks volumes to the team's capabilities, and marks a positive reinforcement that the Air Force, joint region and military as a whole all take pride in our ability to support and develop our military children."

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