Child Development Center Earns BHCOE Accreditation

Child Development Center Earns BHCOE Preliminary Accreditation Receiving National Recognition for Commitment to Quality Improvement

Missoula, MT – BHCOE Accreditation has recognized the Child Development Center’s Autism and Behavioral Services program with a Preliminary Accreditation, acknowledging the program as a behavioral service provider dedicated to continuous improvement in applied behavior analysis. BHCOE Accreditation recognizes behavioral health providers that excel in the areas of clinical quality, staff qualifications and consumer satisfaction, and promote systems that enhance these areas. BHCOE Preliminary Accreditation occurs for newer organizations or organizations preparing to meet full accreditation review within a year, prior to a full evaluation. This consists of a high-level review of organizational systems to identify areas for improvement prior to growth.

BHCOE Accreditation and BHCOE Preliminary Accreditation are the only applied behavior analysis (ABA)-specific accreditations. Acting as a third-party, the organization systematically measures and reports on existing quality criteria in the behavior analysis community using standardized methods and practices, and accredits only those service agencies that meet these standards.

“It is a privilege to be recognized as a quality organization in our field,” said Talon Sandstrom, Operations Coordinator of the Autism and Behavioral Services program.  “We look forward to providing continued exceptional care to our clients, families, and communities across western Montana.”

About BHCOE Accreditation

BHCOE Accreditation is a trusted source that recognizes behavioral health organizations committed to continuous quality improvement. BHCOE offers a third-party measurement system that differentiates and provides independent feedback on clinical quality indicators. The BHCOE criterion features standards that subject-matter experts developed to measure effective applied behavior analysis services. For more information, visit

About Child Development Center

The Child Development Center is a western-Montana nonprofit who supports children who have developmental delays and disabilities. Their team primarily works in families’ homes and communities, and serves kids from birth to high school graduation. The agency’s Autism and Behavioral Services (ABS) program uses the science of Applied Behavior Analysis to help those with autism successfully increase targeted learning skills and behaviors. In addition to the ABS program, the agency also provides Montana Milestones Early Intervention, Family Education & Support, and Life Skills Program. With the understanding that no two children, and no two families, are alike, their services are individualized to strengthen each family’s independence and maximize each child’s abilities. For more information, visit

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