The Coalition of Residential Excellence has been in existence since 1994. Initially, the corporation was chartered under the name “International Center for Residential Education.” The organization’s name was subsequently changed shortly thereafter to the “Coalition for Residential Education.” Today the Coalition of Residential Excellence is still chartered under that name doing business as (DBA) Coalition of Residential Excellence.
Initially, it was the intent of the organization to promote and strengthen residential education programs for children/youth whose homes and communities could not meet their needs. Consequently, membership to the organization focused on boarding schools serving indigent children. Activities included provision for equipping and strengthening member agencies by providing conferences, student resources, research and promising practices along with tracking outcomes.
In 2007, the membership of CORE was expanded to include children’s homes that emphasized the importance of education in equipping children for life. It was in that era the CORE members collectively participated in the development of CARE Standards and set up an accreditation process. Though the membership was supportive of the standard development process, the associated expenses related to accreditation made it unattractive to most members. Subsequently, the CORE Board of Directors determined to cease making accreditation an option for member agencies.
With the influx of children’s homes into CORE’s membership, the branding as “Residential Education” seemed more in sync with boarding schools than children’s homes. Consequently, the Core Board subsequently opted to modify the name through a DBA arrangement.
Today the Coalition of Residential Excellence is a membership organization that serves both boarding schools and children’s homes. The CORE membership includes: boarding schools, residential charter schools, children’s homes, youth ranches and other residential education-based programs.