2018 marks the 10th year anniversary of CYCCB.
We invite you to join us in celebrating.
CYCCB was formed by the Association for Child and Youth Care Practice (ACYCP) in 2008 to oversee the implementation of the CYC-P professional certification. Over the past 10 years, much has been accomplished to establish and expand the CYC Certification. CYCCB is now the largest international CYC certification program in the world. CYCCB has:
- Provided leadership in revising the 2002 CYC competency document. In 2010 work was completed to update language and practices to better reflect cross sector work.
- Implemented proctored test sites in many US states and four Canadian Provinces. Currently there are over 80 trained proctors available across North America.
- Created a Canadian version of the CYC-P exam that is adjusted for culture, diversity, language and practices in Canada. Additional work to further refine the exam is currently in planning.
- Integrated the CYC-P credential into the existing certification programs sponsored by state and provincial professional associations in Texas, Ohio, Wisconsin, Wyoming, Louisiana, Florida, California, Indiana, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, and Ontario. Negotiations are underway to establish reciprocity with the Alberta CYC Credential.
- Co-sponsored work with the ACYCP and the University of Pittsburgh to hold an international gathering of higher education faculty from child and youth work degree programs attended by representatives from colleges and universities in the US, Canada, and Scotland. Work was started on an integrated higher education system built around the Competencies for Professional CYW Practice (2010) and CYC Certification.
- Supported the work of the Child and Youth Care Educational Accreditation Board of Canada (CYCEAB) to raise standards for CYC higher education programs in Canada. CYCCB is a founding member.
- Collaborated with ACYCP, National After School Association (NAA), National Staff Development and Training Association (NSDTA), CYC Certification Institute (CYCI), National Partnership for Juvenile Services (NPJS), and the Association of Children’s Residential Centers (ACRC) in 2012 to establish the CYW Workforce Coalition (CYWWC). This group is working across sectors to link professional development opportunities, establish a unified voice for the CYC workforce, and increase career pathways that promote an accessible, stable and competent workforce.
- Published the CYC Professional Certification Workbook in 2017 to provide a comprehensive source of information for students and practitioners preparing for CYC certification.
- Conducted research to continue exploring how certification and quality training practices are benefitting CYC practitioners and improving services to children, youth and families.
- Integrated the Entry and Associate Certifications offered through the CYC Certification Institute into the CYCCB certification umbrella to expand professional development and certification opportunities over the entire span of a practitioner’s career from entry into the workforce through fully competent practice.
- Co-sponsored with the Indiana Youth Services Association, The Journey, Department of Education and 21st Century Learning Community a pilot program in 2018 to test the viability of an on-line application process that facilitates completion of all certification application requirements before a practitioner tests.
The international certification effort continues to be an excellent example of what can be accomplished when CYC practitioners work across silos to accomplish a common goal. The most important work of CYCCB continues to be accomplished by volunteers.
We thank the many practitioners who have served on our Board and committees. Many of our leadership have been involved for more than 10 years. CYCCB’s mission could not have been accomplished without the thousands of unpaid volunteer hours donated by this group and others not included on the list below.
CYCCB is truly an international effort that provides a place for expertise to be brought together for the common good of CYC practitioners, the profession and the millions of young people we serve.
Angelo Bonsutto, Ohio
Jean Carpenter-Williams, Oklahoma
Cindy Carraway-Wilson, Maine
Pam Clark, Indiana
Dale Curry, Ohio
Carol Brunson Day, Washington, DC
Frank Eckles, Texas
James Freeman, California
Michael Gaffley, Florida
Deborah Getz, Indiana
Julia Margetiak, Ontario
Dympna Martin, Nova Scotia
Heather Modlin, Newfoundland
Normal Powell, Richmond, Kentucky
Jeff Reid, Nova Scotia
Jody Rhodes, Wisconsin
Tony Rodgers, Ohio
Kelly Shaw, Nova Scotia
Andrew Schneider-Munoz, California
Carol Stuart, British Columbia
Sister Madeleine Rybicki, Ohio
Donna Wilson, Wisconsin
Shawn Wood, Nova Scotia
James Zarate, Wisconsin
Debbie Zwicky, Wisconsin