NSACANational School Age Care Alliance
NSACANational Supreme Anti-Corruption Authority (Yemen)
NSACANova Scotia Advisory Commission on AIDS (Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada)
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The SACERS and the NSACA Pilot Standards (used in the accreditation process) assess similar areas: indoor and outdoor environment, health and safety, activities, interactions, and administration.
In addition, teacher-child interactions were assessed using the "Human Relationships Keys of Quality" from the NSACA pilot accreditation standards ASQ program observation (O'Connor, Gannett, Heenen, & Mattenson, 1996).
For accreditation, NSACA requires 1:8-1:12 for children age 6 and below and 1:10-1:15 for children age 6 and above (low teacher/child ratios).
Furthermore, six of the 10 programs that applied to be accredited by the National School-Age Care Alliance (NSACA) were awarded accreditation.
The NC QEI findings are consistent with the results of the evaluation of the first pilot of the NSACA National Improvement and Accreditation System for school-age child care programs, which reported a positive mean score change on all but one of the 21 program observation keys (Miller, 1997).
It is important to note that the programs awarded NSACA accreditation were above minimal (3.0) in quality, but were not considered of good (5.0) quality according to the SACERS instrument.
Although the two pilot NSACA accreditation initiatives have been successful in improving quality, many school-age child care programs still may not seek accreditation.
ASQ advisers in the first NSACA pilot also mentioned having problems building a relationship with some programs, which affected their ability to provide assistance.