WHO IS ACCREDITED?

Private Organization Accreditation

Debt Education and Certification Foundation (DECAF), a private non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, provides high-quality financial education and counseling, with nationwide outreach throughout the U.S. DECAF is HUD-approved, and recognized as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work for in Texas.
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ORGANIZATION TESTIMONIAL

Advantage Credit Counseling Service

Mary Loftus, VP, Agency Service

Our agency is preparing for reaccreditation under the Eighth Edition Standards. The COA site is well organized and very easy to use. Our team of employees working on the reaccreditation process has found the tools index to be very helpful, particularly some of the templates.
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Purpose

Early Childhood Education facilitates appropriate child development and ensures the health and safety of children in care.

CYD-ECE 1: Program Mission and Philosophy of Care

The program’s mission and philosophy are responsive to the needs and aspirations of the community and guide program administration, planning, implementation, and evaluation.

Rating Indicators
1
The program’s practices fully meet the standard, as indicated by full implementation of the practices outlined in the Practice Standards.
2
Practices are basically sound but there is room for improvement, as noted in the ratings for the Practice Standards.
3
Practice requires significant improvement, as noted in the ratings for the Practice Standards.
4
Implementation of the standard is minimal or there is no evidence of implementation at all, as noted in the ratings for the Practice Standards.

Table of Evidence

Self-Study Evidence On-Site Evidence On-Site Activities
    • Mission statement
    • Provide a description of the Philosophy of Care
No On-Site Evidence
    • Interview:
      1. Program director
      2. Teaching staff

  • CYD-ECE 1.01

    A written mission statement is responsive to the needs and aspirations of the community, and sets forth the program’s goals.


  • CYD-ECE 1.02

    The program is guided by a philosophy that:

    1. provides a logical approach for how program activities will support the healthy development of children in care;  
    2. provides a foundation for inclusive, individualized care; and
    3. guides the development and implementation of activities and supports based on program goals and developmentally-appropriate practice in early childhood education.

    Interpretation: A program model or logic model can be a useful tool to help staff think systematically about how the program can make a measureable difference by drawing a clear connection between the needs of children, available resources, program activities and supports, program outputs, and desired outcomes.

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