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Holy Family Institute
Sister Linda Yankoski, President/CEO
The Council On Accreditation provides all stakeholders involved in the delivery of social services the assurance that the organization is credible, effective, and is committed to quality improvement. The COA process is an important tool for anyone involved in leading an organization to establish best practices and maintaining and updating these practices over time.
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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