What does it mean for you and your child?

Accredited homes and centers voluntarily measure up to national standards of quality that have been established by national child care organizations.

Programs that are accredited have gone beyond minimum licensing standards and have made a commitment to provide the kind of care, attention, and stimulating activities that you and your children require.

Caregivers in many accredited programs take part in on-going child development training. Trained caregivers are more likely to understand children’s needs at different ages, plan appropriate activities, and interact with children in warm and stimulating ways. They are also more likely to provide positive guidance for children, rather than harsh discipline.

Parents who use accredited programs are very happy with them! These programs undergo in-depth self-assessments, independent observation and approval by professional experts.

Benefits of accreditation

  • Improves the quality of programs available for children and families
  • Provides professional and public recognition for quality programs
  • Assists parents in their search for quality programs for their children
  • Assures contributors to programs of a sound investment
  • Provide national recognition that may give programs leverage to increase resources
  • Keeps child care professionals excited about their work
  • Involves the entire community in the self study process
  • Motivates child care professionals pursue ongoing professional development
  • Increases provider’s, teacher’s and director’s self-esteem

Accrediting bodies

Child Care Centers – National Association for the Education of Young Children

Family Child Care – National Association for Family Child Care

School-Age Programs – National AfterSchool Association