The CYD standards apply to a variety of programs, including:

Center-based Early Childhood Education (ECE) programs

After School, Expanded/Extended Learning Time (ELT), Out-of School–Time (OST), Youth Development (teen), etc. programs

These standards apply only to organizations approved to seek accreditation for one program rather than the entire organization. The standards address both administrative and service delivery practices of the program and are divided into three parts:

Administration and Management Standards

The Administration and Management Standards promote sound operations and management and address Human Resources (HR) and Program Administration (CYD-AM). These apply to all programs regardless of the services provided or populations served.

Service Delivery Administration Standards

The Service Delivery Administration Standards address practices related to the administration of services, including client rights, training and supervision, and the service environment. These also apply to all programs.

Service Standards

The Service Standards address practices related to the provision of Early Childhood Education (ECE) and Out-of-School Time (OST) services. They also include OST programming supplements for specific types of activities including arts education, academic enrichment, and mentoring. These standards apply based on your program’s scope and service population.