Continuous Improvement for School Age Care Programs

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Thinking About Accreditation? You’ve come to the right place.

Ignite’s School Age Care (I-SAC) is Minnesota’s accreditation process for school-age care programs. Accredited programs demonstrate a high level of professionalism, safety and commitment to quality — and that’s good for young people and their families, as well as your staff and your program’s bottom line.

Benefits of Accreditation



The I-SAC Accreditation Process

I-SAC is a 5-Step Process that integrates Believe It. Build It. Minnesota’s Guide to Effective Afterschool Practices with Continuous Program Improvements (CPI). Programs that meet and demonstrate the high quality and professional standards of I-SAC are able to maintain accreditation for years.

  1. Learn about I-SAC Accreditation by previewing the six research-based Building Blocks for Effective Programs (Here)

  2. Commit to the I-SAC Accreditation and Continuous Improvement Process. Applications for the next cycle begin in April each year.*

  3. Participate in 4 targeted coaching sessions with a cohort of colleagues (these sessions are so thought-provoking and helpful!)

  4. Attend a modified M3 workshop with your cohort to create an Improvement Plan specific to your program

  5. Apply for I-SAC Accreditation. Programs seeking accreditation will use the Quality Navigator, which guides programs through the steps to demonstrate proficiency in each of the six Building Blocks, Effective Practices, and Benchmarks. *

    *fees apply


Get Started! 

Registration for our 2024/2025 CPI and Accreditation cycle will begin in April.  Registration will be open through May 30. Sites will be notified the week of June 10 if chosen to be a part of the program in the next cycle.   


Our enthusiastic and supportive team at Ignite Afterschool can’t wait to help you get started on I-SAC Accreditation. Check out our information session (Here), or email School-Age Care Specialist Devin Hanson at devin@igniteafterschool.org for more information.