Weekly Feature

2015-12-16 / Business

Just For Kids organization earns award for programming

Just for Kids, an Amherst-based nonprofit organization providing morning and afternoon enrichment programs in elementary and middle schools in the Williamsville Central School District, was recently named “School Age Program of the Year” for its dedication to raising the level of quality care and education in its program.

Just for Kids provides beforeand after-school programs across Western New York and received the 2015 School Age Program Award from the Child Care Resource Network.

“Being named the 2015 ‘School Age Program of the Year’ is a huge honor,” said Kristina Kleeh, director of School Age Programs at Just for Kids, said in a press release. “To know that we were chosen out of more than 100 other similar organizations in Western New York really highlights the importance of what we do each and every day. It sets us apart from many of the other before and after-school programs offered to children and families in the region.”

Just for Kids was also recognized for “consistently demonstrating a commitment to professional development and quality early care and education.”

“We work very hard to provide a top-notch enrichment program for school aged children in Western New York,” Kleeh said. “Just for Kids isn’t just about babysitting children after school. We have crafted educational before and after-school programs that help educate children through hands-on, creative approach in well-organized and safe environments.”

Just for Kids currently offers morning programs at Casey and Transit middle schools, as well as at Country Parkway and Maple West elementary schools.

The organization also provides afternoon programs at the following Williamsville district elementary schools: Country Parkway, Dodge, Forest, Heim, Maple East and Maple West.

The 2015 School Age Program Award is given to a school-aged program provider that serves children 5 to 12; demonstrates an ongoing commitment to professional development; consistently provides high quality early care and education; is responsive to the needs of children and families; and is compliant with New York State School Age Child Care Regulations.

According to Just For Kids officials, there are 103 school age child care programs participating in the Child Care Resource Network that are eligible for this award. In order to be considered for the award, providers need to be nominated by an outside source.

For more information on the programs offered by Just for Kids, visit www.justforkidson line.org or call 639-8500.

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