5 Questions With Stephanie Seibel, CEO the Achievement Centers for Children & Families

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What happens at the Achievement Center for Children & Families?

At ACCF children are involved in Early Learning (Toddler and Preschool), Out-of-School (After School and Summer Camp), and Teen Mentoring programs that prepare them for academic and social success and empower them to discover their talents. Our families are served through our Family Strengthening and Economic Stabilization services which benefit the community by stabilizing families in crisis; enabling them to serve as the foundation of their child’s growth.

How many children and families do you provide for and how many programs do you offer?

ACCF serves 900 local children and families each year from three locations in Delray Beach; Nancy K. Hurd Campus, Village Academy, and Pine Grove Elementary. We embed family strengthening services within our four core programs of Early Learning, After School, Teen and Summer Camp.

The Achievement Centers for Children & Families has garnered some major accreditations, what are they and how did you make it happen?

We have earned several accreditations including:

  • The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
  • Afterschool programs have achieved top tier accreditations through Prime Time, an intermediary organization dedicated to ensuring that afterschool and summer programs in Palm Beach County are of the highest quality.
  • Excellence in Nonprofit Management by Nonprofits First.
  • Green Apple Accreditation of Children’s Services, a nationally recognized independent, nonprofit accrediting agency.
  • 4 Stars from Charity Navigator rating (highest rating).

We obtained these accreditations because ACCF implements evidence-based programs, practices continuous program improvement, conducts internal evaluations of its programs, engages staff in regular professional development and provides high-quality programming that supports the healthy development of children and families.

What new programs do you have  and will be offering?

ACCF was recently awarded “Economic Stabilization Funds” from the county to promote independence and enhance the quality of life in Palm Beach County by providing effective and essential services to residents in need. These funds will allow us to provide the finances families need to avert a crisis, such as unexpected homelessness, while they engage in income stabilization and employability programming with us.

We also received funding from the County Youth Services department this year to expand our mentoring program that pairs teens with younger children to provide tutoring in reading. The teens engage in employment and job skills development as part of the program.

How can people get involved in your organization? 

Achievement Centers for Children & Families depends on the community’s support to keep our many programs and services available and affordable to the families we serve.

Support Achievement Centers for Children & Families in a way that makes sense for you.

If you’d like to volunteer we are always in need of volunteers to help us all year long at our agency, for more information please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Jessica Gregoire, at jgregoire@delraychild.org

If you’d like to sponsor an event or provide a donation please contact Events@accffoundation.org You can find all of our events listed on our website at www.achievementcentersFL.org/all-events

For more ways to get involved please visit www.achievementcentersFL.org/ways-to-give

Coming up: Witches of Delray Bike Ride returns, benefits Achievement Centers for Children and Families 

Grab your broomstick, or bicycle, and prepare to take flight, or ride the course, during the 8th Annual Witches of Delray Bike Ride.

The ride will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Oct. 26 and start at City Hall. It is guided by the Delray Police Department through the city.

Riders will end at the Delray Green Market Old School Square location, where the event continues with awards for “Best Costume,” “Best Witch Cackle,” “Best Decorated Bike,” and “Best Group Theme!”

The kickoff event “Witches Brew” before the ride will take place from 5-9 p.m. on Oct. 18 at Tim Finnegan’s Irish Pub. Sample specialty cocktails, bid on silent auction items, register to ride and more contests so come dressed in your wicked best.

Early registration is $25 until October 25th, day of registration is $30. Visit www.witchesofdelray.org to register.