WHO IS ACCREDITED?

Private Organization Accreditation

Sweetser, a Maine non-profit agency operating since 1828, provides comprehensive mental and behavioral health and substance abuse treatment services. Statewide, it serves around 15,000 consumers a year, including children, adults, and families in outpatient, office-based, and residential settings.
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VOLUNTEER TESTIMONIAL

Judy Kay, LCSW

Volunteer Roles: Peer Reviewer; Team Leader

In administration for 22 of 24 years at Child Saving Institute, a COA-accredited not-for-profit child welfare agency in Omaha, Nebraska. Retired approximately two years ago, I moved to Tucson, Arizona, where I advocate for children's rights as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer to three young children.
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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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Interested in learning more? Request an information kit.

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