What do BAS, SHARE and BEEP mean? That's a common question people ask as they browse through the brochures or surf the Web site. What is the difference?

What do they do? Simply stated, all three come under the service umbrella of the Educational Services program at Bashor Children's Home.

Separately and collectively, each individual sector "strives to improve the provision of family-centered, evidence-based and solution-focused services to all children and families," according to the vision statement crafted by teachers, administrators and aides. The goal is lofty - "meet a high quality and highly effective standard within an educational, school-based setting."

"Effective services will be delivered in a multi-disciplinary approach and will include spiritually-based care, education, recreation and therapeutic services. We will be innovative, proactive and flexible in empowering families to build on their strengths as they become more successful in advocating for their child."

About those acronyms …

BAS is Bashor Alternative School, the longest running education program on the campus. It is primarily a day program designed to serve students (boys and girls) who have been diagnosed as emotionally disturbed (ED) by the public schools. This disability limits the student's ability to adequately function in the traditional classroom setting. BAS focuses on frustration tolerance, social skills and anger management in addition to the academic curriculum.

BEEP, or Bashor Elementary Educational Program, is a day program and is the newest offering by the agency. It is designed as an intervention for boys and girls in grades 2 through 6. These students have shown signs of struggle in the public school setting but are not yet in need of alternative education. The BEEP staff assesses these students, and then works with parents, teachers and the child's school to recommend approaches that could foster a more successful school experience.

SHARE is Shelter and Residential Education, created to augment the educational experiences of children assigned to Bashor's residential programs - short and long term. It ranges from the elementary classroom providing for the boys in the HOPE treatment program to classroom opportunities for the young men and women in the FAITH continuum. SHARE is even available to Emergency Shelter Care residents on a case-by-case basis.

Enrollment covers the entire spectrum of school services, from grades 1 through 12, and includes special education services as well as traditional classroom settings. Additional opportunities are available through Nova Net, a computer based curriculum. Students in SHARE have the opportunity to earn academic credit that may be transferred to their home school system, thus keeping on track for graduation or General Education Development (GED) certification.

The numbers speak for themselves. The improvement in Bashor's educational focus and the expansion of the type of services the agency provides has led to an explosion in the census, rising 77 percent since 2002. More children are coming to Bashor because it has become a model agency known for being mission driven, innovative and highly effective.

Fortunately, these services are making a difference. More than 95percent of the children who were enrolled in the education department during the past two years either graduated or are still successful in school at least one year after completing the programs. Bashor gives boys and girls something they may not be able to hold in their hand but they can most definitely hold in their hearts - tools for success.

Regardless of the program focus - resident or day student, special education or traditional student - the focus of the educational staff remains in line with the overall mission of Bashor Children's Home. The teachers, administrators, therapeutic staff and aides strive to provide "help for today and hope for tomorrow."