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Private Organization Accreditation
One Hope United offers a range of services aimed at our mission of "Protecting children and strengthening families" including early childhood education, early intervention and prevention, family preservation, foster care, residential, and adoption.
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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.
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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