Child and Youth Development Program Accreditation
About Child and Youth Development Program Accreditation
COA is the national accreditor of after school programs in the United States and on U.S. military installations worldwide. In addition, COA offers program accreditation for early childhood education programs and youth development (teen) programs.
COA has always known that programs serving infants, toddlers, school-age youth and teens are vital to the individuals well-being and development. They also serve as an essential link between the classroom and the home, and as such, provide a unique opportunity to impact the social, emotional, physical, and educational growth of infants, toddlers, children and youth. As such, COA recognizes the importance of strengthening these fields, and nationally accepted standards are an important part of achieving this goal.
COA provides many helpful resources on our website to help improve program quality. One set of these resources includes complimentary self-paced (pre-recorded) trainings that were developed to assist programs and their staff in learning about COA and our standards. These trainings can be accessed via the Training Calendar.
COA’s After School specific standards have been recognized in a number of states within tiered-reimbursement systems, as well as Quality Rating (QRS) and Quality Rating Improvement Systems (QRIS). A complete list of these recognitions can be viewed here.
COA’s Contextual Accreditation™ philosophy ensures the standards and process are relevant and beneficial to programs of every size and designation, whether it is preschool, after school, school-age-care, out-of-school-time, 21st Century, extended, day, youth development, etc. COA’s Child & Youth Development Program Accreditation is applicable to a wide array of children and youth programs.
While the process and the CYD Standards have been streamlined to ensure that they are relevant and achievable by programs of different sizes and designations, they adhere to COA’s unwavering commitment to excellence, best practices, client rights, and essential life and safety standards.
Pursuing CYD accreditation helps programs transform because the process enables stakeholders—staff, children, youth, families, and the communities in which a program is located—to continuously identify and measure their strengths and opportunities. As a result, a program and its stakeholders will achieve the ultimate goal: the improvement of quality programming. COA Accreditation is not an end—it is a means to an end.
Private Organization Accreditation
Southeastern Regional Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services is a Local Management Entity, covering the geographic areas of Bladen, Columbus, Robeson, and Scotland counties. SER ensures continuity of care to consumers through access to a quality of care system available 24/7/365 days a year through management of our network provider services.
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Volunteer Roles: Peer Reviewer
Being a COA peer reviewer has clearly played a role in my professional development and has made me a better administrator at my own agency as a result! To be part of a professional network that is on the cutting edge of program, practice, fiscal responsibility, and insuring Best Practice across the field is an amazing opportunity.