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

Children's Foundation of Mid America

James W. Thurman, President/CEO

Children’s Foundation of Mid America has been accredited through COA since 1983. The process of accreditation ensures that we meet or exceed the highest standards in the industry.
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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.

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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

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: 

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Further Reading and Recommended Trainings

Standards Overview

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. 

Recommended Trainings

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