Our 2021 CYD Standards have launched!

February 1, 2021

The 2021 CYD Standards are now live at
Standards assignments will begin February 2nd. Please reach out to your Accreditation Coordinator with any questions.


The new CYD standards come on the heels of valuable feedback from stakeholders like you. All of our edits were done with a single goal in mind: to increase the value of accreditation by focusing on those practices and activities that will have the greatest impact on the children and youth COA-accredited programs work with. 
The 2021 revision focuses on the standards that promote the development of effective, programs and their capacity to provide quality experiences that help children and youth thrive. In service of that, we have refocused the standards to 1) give you more time to devote to those practices that have a more direct impact on children and youth, and 2) allow you to spend less time compiling evidence and more time improving practice. This means a:

  • 48% Reduction in the amount of Administration and Management Self-Study evidence
  • 23% Reduction in the amount of Service section Self-Study evidence
  • 12% Reduction in the number of Service standards 
  • 11% Reduction in the number of Administration and Management standards

A PDF summary of the standards changes can be found here.
Thank you for your continued dedication to best practice, and for being a part of the COA community.

Questions? Please contact Tobi Harrington Murch at tmurch -(at)- 


About COA

Founded in 1977, the Council on Accreditation (COA) is an international, independent, nonprofit organization that accredits human and social service providers. Our mission is to partner with human and social service organizations to strengthen their ability to improve the lives of the people they serve.