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Private Organization Accreditation
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Audrey Coleman, RN-MSN
Volunteer Roles: Military Reviewer; Peer Reviewer; Team Leader
My first experience with COA was in 1999 with what was a NC Area Program. I started as a peer reviewer in 2005, doing two to four site visits a year. I am also a team leader and have recently been approved to be a military reviewer.
Standards for Child and Youth Development (CYD) Programs
The Standards for Child and Youth Development programs were developed in support of enhanced programmatic growth and stability, an unwavering commitment to the health, safety, and rights of clients, and producing high quality, measurable results.
The Child and Youth Development Program Accreditation process involves the review and accreditation of the program’s administrative operations and its service delivery practices.
Child and Youth Development Edition Services
COA’s CYD standards apply to a variety of programs. These include:
- Early Childhood Education (ECE) programs, which include day care centers, etc. Home-based/in-home services are not included in this section.
- After School, School Age Care (SAC), Out-of School–Time (OST), etc. programs.
- Youth Development (teen) programs.
Categories of Standards
The Standards for Child and Youth Development programs are divided into two parts, each with sub-sections.
Administration and Management Standards
The Administration and Management Standards apply to all programs regardless of the services provided or population(s) served. They describe practices that promote sound operations and management.
Service Standards describe practices related to distinct services provided by child and youth development programs. Within the CYD standards, the following services may be reviewed:
Further Reading and Recommended Trainings
For more detail about the format, structure, ratings and standards development process, visit the Standards Overview page.
Child & Youth Development Program Accreditation Overview
For access to more information about CYD program accreditation, visit the Child and Youth Development Accreditation page.
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