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Standards for Child and Youth Development (CYD) Programs

These updated standards of best practice for afterschool/out-of-school (OST) time programs were developed by the Council on Accreditation in consultation with leading organizations in the field. They reflect the latest thinking in key practices that are critical for the healthy developmental growth of children and youth through participation in OST programs. They can be used as a tool for program continuous improvement or a step-by-step process for becoming accredited.

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Tools, Standards, Evaluation
Child and youth outcomes
Continuous quality improvement
Program Design and Management
Council on Accreditation (COA)
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