Methodist Children’s Home President/CEO Tim Brown received notification from the Council on Accreditation (COA) that the Waco-based childcare agency has earned national reaccreditation.
“This reaccreditation is a testimony to the outstanding service of all our employees as we work together to offer hope to children, youth and families at the highest level,” Brown said. “This is a ‘job well done’ to everyone involved in our organization and serves as an assurance to our benefactors and those we serve that MCH is operationally, programmatically and financially sound and worthy of their trust.”
Brown expressed further appreciation to the many staff members across MCH who prepared for nearly a year for the accreditation review, which culminated in a COA on-site peer review team which examined nearly 800 standards for accreditation.
The comprehensive accreditation process evaluated in detail all areas of operations, including governance, ethics, policies and procedures, financial practices, fundraising, childcare programs and services, risk management, human resources, and many other areas. Information was gathered from direct observation, surveys, policies, practices, licensing compliance, and face-to-face interviews with children, families, staff, board members, local businesses, contractors, and donors.
According to COA, organizational accreditation demonstrates accountability in the management of resources, sets standardized best-practice thresholds for service and administration, and increases organizational capacity and accountability by creating a framework for ongoing quality improvement.
MCH annually serves more than 6,000 individuals through residential programs in Waco and a variety of community-based programs through 13 MCH Family Outreach offices in Waco and other communities in Texas and New Mexico.
COA president/CEO Richard Klarberg commended Brown for the longstanding tradition of excellence achieved by MCH.
“Reaccreditation is a tremendous achievement that demonstrates that your organization is recognized as a provider that continues to successfully implement high performance standards and, as such, is delivering the highest quality services to all of its stakeholders,” Klarberg said.
Based in New York, COA is an independent, nonprofit accreditor of the full continuum of community-based behavioral health care and social service organizations in the United States and Canada. COA accredits more than 2,000 private and public organizations worldwide. MCH has been successfully reaccredited by COA every four years since its first accreditation in 1986.
About Methodist Children’s Home: Established in 1890 in Waco, Texas, Methodist Children’s Home (MCH) is a nationally accredited nonprofit childcare ministry affiliated with the six United Methodist Annual Conferences of Texas and New Mexico. MCH today serves more than 6,000 individuals annually through education-focused residential programs for children ages 11-18 on the Waco campus and MCH Boys Ranch, transition living programs for alumni ages 18-26, and foster care and in-home services through 13 MCH Family Outreach offices in Texas and New Mexico.