TTE B.A.S.E. program receives accreditation
Jane Jenkins, TTE B.A.S.E. program team leader, contributed to the program’s success and high-performance standards, which resulted in a COA honor.
By Lynne Marsala Basche; photos courtesy of Janie Ino
Recently, the Timber Trail Elementary (TTE) Before and After School Enterprise (B.A.S.E.) program received honors for its hard work and dedication to the students, parents, staff and community by being awarded accreditation from The Council on Accreditation (COA).
COA was founded in 1977 and is an independent, international, nonprofit human service accrediting organization. The organization’s mission is to partner with programs such as TTE B.A.S.E. and identify those institutions that have set high-performance standards for themselves, as well as to the people they serve. COA recognized the TTE B.A.S.E. program as “one of those outstanding providers.” COA accreditation is an objective and reliable verification that provides confidence and support to an after school program’s children and youth, parents, staff and community partners.
The B.A.S.E. program, run by childcare program leader Janie Ino and assistant director and Castle Pines resident Karen Tarutis, received accreditation after a detailed review process by COA of both the program’s administrative and delivery practices. The policies were evaluated against national standards of best practice, which included services being accessible, appropriate, culturally responsive, evidence based and outcomes oriented and provided by skilled and supported staff. The final component was that all individuals are treated with dignity and respect.
TTE is proud of this accreditation achievement and happy to acknowledge the dedication of both Ino and Tarutis, as well as everyone who touches the B.A.S.E. program.