National Accreditation




The National Recreation and Park Association’s Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA) provides quality assurance and quality improvement of accredited park and recreation agencies throughout the United States by providing agencies with a management system of best practices. CAPRA is the only national accreditation of park and recreation agencies and is a valuable measure of an agency’s overall quality of operation, management, and service to the community. Achieving CAPRA accreditation is the best way to demonstrate that an agency and its staff provide the community they serve with the highest level of service.

In 2015, the JCSD Parks & Recreation Department became one of just five agencies in California to obtain CAPRA Accreditation.  Accredited agencies must repeat this process every five years.  JCSD was up for reaccreditation in 2020 but requested and received an extension until 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

On September 10, 2021, the CAPRA Commission formally approved JCSD’s CAPRA reaccreditation.  Impressively, we scored 100% on the assessment by meeting all 154 standards.    

The following video explains what CAPRA accreditation means to the residents we serve:  

Currently, there are only 196 accredited park and recreation agencies in the United States and JCSD is one of only four accredited agencies in California.  JCSD will be up for reaccreditation in September 2026. 

For more information about CAPRA accreditation, visit