About the Institute Goals

Immediate Goals:

It is expected that the CYC Certification Institute will make a significant contribution to the development of child care practice. To accomplish this, the Institute will:

  1. Provide on-going leadership, coordination, and planning for the development of a comprehensive certification and education system for child/youth care practitioners. The system integrates the needs of the diverse practice settings into a unified certification and education system.

  2. Sponsor research to determine the effectiveness and impact of the Institute's certification and education programs on the quality of care available to young people.

  3. Compile, refine and develop the competencies which describe the field of child and youth care.

  4. Conduct testing programs to verify practitioner mastery of the identified knowledge and performance competencies for each certification level.

  5. Coordinate the on-going improvement of certification and education systems by incorporating the results of research into the development of improved standards for certification of practitioners and accreditation of education programs.

  6. Collaborate with other groups developing certification, education, and practice standards to develop a unified national credentialing and education system.

  7. Support the development of scholarship and funding programs to increase access to quality training and education.

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Long Term Goals:

It is expected that the CYC Certification Institute will make a significant contribution to the development of child care practice. To accomplish this, the Institute will:
  1. Continue to develop and refine a competence assessment system to validate applied skills.

  2. Implement an approval system for trainers and training programs.

  3. Expand Board representation of diverse practice settings and consumer groups.

  4. Continue working with the Child and Youth Care Certification Board, CYW Workforce Coalition, and colleges to implement a nationally unified education/certification system that supports reciprocity between states and colleges.

  5. Conduct additional research to norm and validate the testing program.

  6. Expand the existing testing program to include other states, provinces, and nations.

  7. Promote the development of scholarship programs.
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