Y Receives National Recognition
nearly three years of reorganizing, improving, planning and measuring
the quality of their After-School Program, the Virtual Y site
at P.S. 22, a public elementary school on Staten Island, became
the first after-school program in New York City to meet the National
School-Age Care Alliance (NSACA) standards. The NSACA standards
are designed to describe the best practices in out of school programs
for children and youth between the ages of five and 14 and are
the only professional measurements with which to evaluate the
quality of after-school programming throughout the nation.
Virtual Y program at P.S. 22 is the largest of the 104 school-based,
after school programs that the YMCA offers across the city. With
325 students and an even longer waiting list, it is also one of
the most unique,” stated Paula Gavin, President of the YMCA.
Having grown from ten sites in 1997 to 104 for the 2000-2001 academic
year, the Virtual Y, created by the YMCA of Greater New York,
in conjunction with the NYC Board of Education, is the city’s
largest public/private partnership, fully funded by more than
125 private sponsors.
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