Standards for child and youth development programs

2020 Edition

Child and Youth Development Program Administration Introduction


Sound administration and management increase program quality and sustainability; promote financial accountability and viability; support transparency and openness; and reduce risk, loss, and liability exposure.


COA’s Child and Youth Development Program Administration standards address several areas relevant to effective program management and administration, including leadership; oversight; planning; ethical practice; financial management; risk prevention and management; and continuous quality improvement.  Implementing these standards supports a program’s ability to provide quality programming for children and youth. 



Note: When another person, department, or entity is responsible for implementing some of the practices addressed in these standards, the program should be prepared to provide evidence that this is the case.  For example, if a school principal or superintendent is responsible for the quarterly risk review addressed in CYD-AM 8.03, the program should provide documentation to demonstrate this. If the program implements policies or procedures (e.g., conflict of interest policies and procedures) that have been developed and adopted by another body (e.g., the school board, Military Service headquarters, or the governing body of the organization of which the program is a part), the program does not need to develop its own separate policies and procedures. Instead, it should provide evidence that it is implementing the policies and procedures it has been given to enforce.

Note: Please see the CYD-AM Reference List for a list of resources that informed the development of these standards.
Self-Study Narrative Evidence
  • A description or plan that outlines the programs CQI system/process
  • A list of what is being measured, including outcomes, outputs, indicators, targets, data sources, and methods/instruments for collecting data (may be included in the general CQI description or plan)
  • Data analyses/reports
  • Procedures for collecting and aggregating data, including procedures for cleaning data (CYD-AM 11.03, 11.04)
  • Procedures for reviewing and taking action based on findings (CYD-AM 11.05, 11.06)
  • Evidence of actions taken based on the analysis and use of data, including any related improvement/corrective action plans
  • CQI summary report