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Martin County Children’s Services approves after school program

Jennifer Ahern

Special to Treasure Coast Newspapers USA TODAY NETWORK - FLORIDA

STUART -- The Children’s Services Council of Martin County has voted to contract with Prime Time Palm Beach County, to extend its Quality Improvement Initiative to its Out-of-School Time programs.

Prime Time Palm Beach County is a non-profit organization established in 2000 that has overseen a quality improvement initiative for a system of 150 OST sites. Its approach is evidence- based and youth-centered, using an active-participatory model that has yielded proven results.

The Martin County Out-of-School Time Quality Improvement Plan serves five organizations and all OST site locations currently funded by the Council. The new program will offer a Quality Improvement Advisor dedicated to Martin County to meet with the leadership and front-line staff and provide ongoing quality coaching, onsite training, mentoring of youth development strategies and professional development.

David Heaton, Executive Director of CSCMC explained, “the OST hours are a peak time for youth to engage in risky behaviors. The Council is investing a significant amount of funding into the OST programs, the Martin County Out-of-School Time Quality Improvement Plan will ensure that CSCMC funded programs are of the highest quality and continue to keep

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The after school program funded by Children's Services Council of Martin County. TOM WINTER

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