Sections VIII, IX, X

Sections: I. Purpose, II. Mission Statement, III. Program Services and Outcomes, IV. Eligibility Requirements, V. Organizational Capacity, VI. Staff Qualification Standards, VII. Community Involvement Standards, VIII. Monitoring and Evaluation Standards, IX. Program Service Standards, X. Program Environment Standards

Section VIII Monitoring and Evaluation Standards

  1. The administrative organization has evaluation and information systems in place to ensure continuous program improvement and accountability to the program's constituencies.
    1. Understanding the program's evaluation system is a component of orienting/training new program staff.
    2. There is a policy and procedure in place to collect and review data on a regular basis to monitor attainment of program goals.
    3. There is a policy and procedure in place to use evaluation results/findings to identify interests, challenges and satisfaction with the program.
    4. There is a policy and procedure in place to use evaluation results/findings to improve program practices.
    5. Evaluation results/findings are shared among program leadership.

Section IX Program Service Standards

  1. A written program plan that encompasses all six core services is in place.
  2. The program is comprehensive and offers a variety of age-appropriate, youth-centered, engaging and enriching activities.
  3. There is documentation that at least one community awareness event is provided annually at each Teen REACH site.
  4. Efforts are made to ensure high levels of program dosage.
    1. The program is offered five days per week and is available to youth during summer and recognized school breaks.
    2. Written policies and procedures exist regarding program attendance. The policies and procedures acknowledge that the Teen REACH program does not provide drop-in services, but reserves enrollment for participants whose intent is to attend the full program.
    3. Families are oriented to Teen REACH and its expectations concerning attendance, academic progress, transportation, and all other services.
  5. Program staff use positive techniques to guide behavior of participants and handle conflict in positive ways.
    1. Specific training on conflict resolution and appropriate discipline techniques is provided to all staff during orientation, and on an on-going basis.
    2. Problem solving approaches, including peer mediation and formal conflict resolution, are utilized to reduce peer conflict.
  6. The Teen REACH program utilizes best or promising practice program models and guidelines.
    1. The staff tailor program content to the culture, language and developmental needs of participants and families while maintaining program fidelity.

Section X Program Environment Standards

  1. The Teen REACH site is safe and secure, and supports the developmental and activity needs of the participants.
    1. The facility meets local standards and codes for public facilities.
    2. The facility is in good repair.
    3. The facility is ADA compliant.
    4. The facility is non-hazardous and has adequate lighting.
    5. The outdoor and/or indoor space is suitable for a wide variety of gross motor activities suitable for the sizes and abilities of the youth in the program.
    6. Participants are supervised at all times by program staff when engaged in all activities, indoor and outdoor.
  2. The Teen REACH site maintains appropriate policies and procedures related to safety and security.
    1. Policies and procedures in regard to participant health and safety have been developed and implemented, and include (but are not limited to):
      • Medication
      • Emergency procedures
      • Personnel background checks
      • Reporting of suspected abuse/neglect
      • Hand washing
      • Visitor sign-in
    2. Health and safety policies and procedures are reviewed annually and revised as needed.
    3. Staff receive ongoing and refresher training on safety procedures.
  3. Food and drinks are served to meet the needs of participants.
    1. The Teen REACH program offers nutritious snacks to the participants in accordance with the USDA/CACFP nutritional guidelines.
    2. Snacks are served in accordance with all relevant local and state health standards for food preparation and handling.
    3. Drinking water is available at all times.
    4. The program integrates snacks/food into a nutritional curriculum/educational program involving both youth and their families. The program's snacks/food and nutritional education are designed to address childhood obesity, and includes components on:
      • Increasing physical activity
      • Increasing consumption of fruits and vegetables
      • Limiting television viewing
      • Participation in regular family meals