What it’s all about…
Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation’s Extended School Enrichment (ESE) program is a before and after school program that continually strives to provide kindergarten through sixth grade students within Carmel Clay Schools with high quality programming. In order to provide this level of programming, we are continuously assessing our programs to determine what we are doing well and where there are opportunities to make improvements.
Working to Improve Quality Programs
During January and February, all eleven ESE sites go through the Indiana Quality Program Self- Assessment (IN-QPSA). This assessment tool is a shared project of the Indiana Afterschool Network, Indiana Department of Education, and professionals in the education, business and youth development fields that has been established based on requests from afterschool and summer program providers seeking to implement and track their development using the Indiana Afterschool Standards. In addition to Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation, many other local agencies including IUPUI, Indy Parks, Boys and Girls Clubs, and the YMCA will undergo this assessment process, making this a state-wide effort.
IN-QPSA targets Indiana’s Top Ten Standards for Out-of-School Learning. These standards include areas such as staff interaction with youth, use of positive behavior techniques, family involvement in the program, safety and security of all youth and staff training to name a few. A group consisting of ESE staff, school personnel, and parents/guardians make up the assessment team at each school site. Each of the ten standards is rated from 1 to 4 (best), and the team must build consensus as they agree upon the rating in each category.
A Commitment to the Children of Carmel Clay
Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation is proud of our partnership with Carmel Clay Schools and the before and after school programs that we offer at each of the elementary schools. We believe that this assessment will help us better serve the students in our care and is another indicator of our commitment to high quality programming.