Standards for public agencies

2020 Edition

Child and Family Development and Support Services (PA-CFD) 9: Positive Child Development Services

Children receive services that meet their needs, promote their growth and development, and increase their well-being.
NA The agency does not provide positive child development services.
2020 Edition

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Purpose

Families participating in Child and Family Development and Support Services gain new competencies, improve child health and well-being, improve family functioning, and make family-community connections.
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Full Implementation, Outstanding Performance
A rating of (1) indicates that the agency's practices fully meet the standard and reflect a high level of capacity.  
  • All elements or requirements outlined in the standard are evident in practice, with rare or no exceptions: exceptions do not impact service quality or agency performance. 
2
Substantial Implementation, Good Performance
A rating of (2) indicates that an agency's infrastructure and practices are basically sound but there is room for improvement.
  • The majority of the standards requirements have been met and the basic framework required by the standard has been implemented. 
  • Minor inconsistencies and not yet fully developed practices are noted; however, these do not significantly impact service quality or agency performance.
3

Partial Implementation, Concerning Performance
A rating of (3) indicates that the agency's observed infrastructure and/or practices require significant improvement.  

  • The agency has not implemented the basic framework of the standard but instead has in place only part of this framework.  
  • Omissions or exceptions to the practices outlined in the standard occur regularly, or practices are implemented in a cursory or haphazard manner.  
  • Service quality or agency functioning may be compromised.  
  • Capacity is at a basic level.
4
Unsatisfactory Implementation or Performance
A rating of (4) indicates that implementation of the standard is minimal or there is no evidence of implementation at all.  
  • The agency’s observed service delivery infrastructure and practices are weak or non-existent; or show signs of neglect, stagnation, or deterioration.
Self-Study EvidenceOn-Site EvidenceOn-Site Activities
  • Procedures for referring individuals to services
  • Community resource and referral list
  • Contracts or service agreements with community providers, if applicable 
  • Intervention curricula and/or materials, if applicable
  • Interviews may include:
    1. Program director
    2. Relevant personnel
    3. Persons served
  • Review case records

PA-CFD 9.01

Children are connected to supports, services, and activities that promote their physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development, including, as appropriate:
  1. educational services;
  2. health services;
  3. social, recreational, and physical activities; and
  4. counseling and therapeutic services.

PA-CFD 9.02

Parents are involved in service delivery, and providers help them increase their ability to interact positively with their children and promote child well-being.
NA The agency does not directly provide child development services, but instead connects children to services offered by other community providers.

Fundamental Practice

PA-CFD 9.03

When assessment reveals the need for early intervention services, the agency either directly provides those services, or links the family with another agency that provides those services.