COA's accreditation standards and three distinct, yet interrelated, recognition processes were specifically developed for programs of every size and capacity to assist them in supporting their continuous quality improvement and long-term sustainability. They are:
Programs that have been providing after school care for at least six months may participate in any of these three stand-alone options which are incremental in terms of evidence required and are designed to give every program an opportunity to participate in the growing national movement to recognize high performing after school programs.
COA's After School Standards represent a merging of NAA's standards and COA's 8th Edition Standards, and include three different sections of standards: After School Program Administration (ASP-AM), After School Human Resources (ASP-HR), and After School Programming and Services (ASP-PS). The Administration Standards cover practices related to continuous quality improvement, financial management, risk prevention and management, and ethical practice. The Human Resources Standards address recruitment and selection, training and professional development, support, and supervision. The Programming and Services Standards set forth additional recommended practices for working with children and youth in out of school time. Programs will complete all three sections of standards. Taken together, these standards represent a set of practices that support quality programming and promote positive outcomes for children and youth.
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