Congratulations to UMOM, the AzQSAT iPad Winner!

This spring, AzCASE was excited to offer an iPad Air as an incentive to programs who completed the online Arizona Quality Standards Assessment Tool. Of the dozens of programs who assessed their quality using the tool, the UMOM Kids Den program was randomly selected as the winner!

On May 11th, AzCASE staff visited the Kids Den and presented Teacher Paula Wilson, who completed the online AzQSAT, with the iPad.

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UMOM New Day Centers is located in Central Phoenix, and is the largest shelter for homeless families in Arizona. Kids Den serves youth, ages 8-11, living on the UMOM campus. The program provides a variety of enriching activities, including music and art, as well as homework support and an enclosed “quiet space” where a youth can read, draw, play or do school work, distraction-free. Most importantly, Kids Den Teachers like Paula provide important social and emotional support, and encourage youth to manage conflict and problem solve together.

AzCASE staff was given a tour of the UMOM campus by Kresta Horn, Director of Children and Youth Services. UMOM’s school-age programs have already served 300 youth since January of this year. In addition to the Kids Den, their year-round programming also includes the “Cubs Den” for youth ages 5-7, a Teen Center, Homework Club, and summer field trips to places like the Zoo, the Herberger Theater, and local water parks.

According to Ms. Wilson, the process of taking the Self-Assessment provided new ideas and inspiration for her program. “There’s always room for improvement. We already do parent engagement monthly – but the tool made me think of new ways to engage them.”

“The idea to make our “quiet space” more enclosed also came from the tool.”

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The Kids Den staff plans on using the iPad to find enriching content to add to their lesson plans, as well as empowering the youth document their many activities and projects.

AzCASE would like to thank the staff and youth of UMOM’s Kids Den for hosting us, as well as Teacher Paula Wilson for completing the Arizona Quality Standards Assessment! Has your program signed up for the free online assessment yet? Head over to azqsat.com to start measuring and raising your program’s quality!

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The iPad Air was generously provided by Cox Communications.

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