Professional Associations

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Membership in a relevant professional association connects practitioners to up-to-date information on practice issues and provides a means for participating in the profession. Below are several professional child and youth work associations.

Below are several child and youth work assciations:

Wisconsin Association of Child and Youth Care Practice

Wyoming Association of Child and Youth Care Practice

In Texas, practitioners document individual membership in one of the following organizations:

TYCCWA    Texas Youth and Child Care Worker Association

TNOYS Texas Network of Youth Services

TAA Texas After School Association

TFPA    Texas Foster Parent’s Association

TAEYC Texas Association for the Education of Young Children

TJDA Texas Juvenile Detention Association

ACYCP Association for Child and Youth Care Practice

If you are practicing outside of Texas, other associations will be accepted if they meet the following criteria:

1)   Offers individual membership (agency membership in an organization does not meet the requirement for professional membership).   The practitioner must have an individual membership.

2)       Supports professionalization of child and youth care practitioners (with the understanding that this can be a passive stance). 

3)        Offers an ethics code for practitioners and/or endorses the Standards for Practice of North American CYC Professionals.

4)       Represents and advocates for child and youth care practitioners.

5)       Offers opportunities to:   keep up-to-date with developments in foundational and specialized areas of child and youth care practice and participate in education and training opportunities.

*These criteria were established by the Association for Child and Youth Care Practice and the national CYC Certification Board and adopted by the CYC Institute.