By Karl WeiselJune 19, 2019
WIESBADEN, Germany - The staff of Hainerberg's School Age Center took a few minutes during their busy day of serving military children June 17 to acknowledge their dedicated efforts and ongoing excellence.
The center was put under the looking glass the week before during a two-day visit from members of the Council of Accreditation. The council representatives examined all aspects of the SAC program from staffing to administration. They also gathered first-hand feedback from children and parents during their visit to the Hainerberg facility.
"They were so impressed by your program, the accreditation was expedited," said Rashunda Clement, Wiesbaden Child and Youth Services coordinator.
Clement and fellow Wiesbaden Family and MWR officials joined the staff for lunch to celebrate the renewed four-year accreditation recognizing overall excellence in the day-to-day operations at the facility. "We just want to come together today to thank you for all of your hard work," she told the staff.
Katherine Vahrenkamp, Hainerberg SAC director, said she was "proud of the staff and the hard work they put in.
"They (the accreditation team) said they were really impressed with the staff and how cohesive they are," said Vahrenkamp. "The children also expressed to the team that they are extremely happy -- some saying they don't like to be picked up by their parents because they'd like to stay longer each day.
"This was a chance for our staff to shine," added Vahrenkamp.
Accreditation is an ongoing process at Wiesbaden Child and Youth Services facilities to ensure continued excellence in supporting military families, Clement said, explaining that the Clay SAC will undergo similar scrutiny around the same time next year.