What does it indicate about the quality of the program?
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 National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) or National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC) accredited programs take part in ongoing 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 likely to provide positive guidance for children, rather than harsh discipline.
These programs undergo in-depth self-assessments, independent observation and approval by professional experts and final endorsement by a national committee.
Centers – National Association for the Education of Young Children or 800.424.2460
Family Child Care – National Association of Family Child Care