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Accreditation

Why Accreditation Matters

Your young child is very impressionable and deserves only the best experiences during their formative years. We take pride in our centers, which meet the highest standards in early childhood development. Accreditation, while an entailed and time-consuming process, reinforces the bar we have set for the gold standard in preschool learning and development. We voluntarily go through rigorous tests and quality ratings to emphasize the high quality of our programming for children ages zero through five.

You can rest assured that our accredited programs provide a safe and healthy environment for your child. We have well-trained and compassionate teachers, proven teaching materials, and provide a challenging and developmentally sound environment that adheres to high national childcare standards. The accreditation process evaluates the center's staff qualifications, parent communication, interactions, curriculum, health and safety, and administration. It can take from 1-2 years to become fully accredited.

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How Accreditation Differs from State Licensing

Licensing

The goal of licensing is to ensure a child's health, safety, and nutrition while in out-of-home care. Licensing laws vary by state and provide a minimum standard of quality below which it is illegal to operate.

Accreditation

A number of national childcare organizations have established quality standards that go beyond minimum state licensing requirements. When a center becomes accredited, it has voluntarily decided to meet high national quality standards and has made a commitment to provide the kind of care, attention, and stimulating activities that you and your children require.

NAEYC

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) created an accreditation system more than 20 years ago to improve the quality of education and care provided in programs for young children, with particular focus on the quality of educational and developmental services for children. NAEYC awards accreditation only to high quality early childhood programs reviewed by a national commission comprising recognized experts in childcare and early childhood education. Accreditation is valid for five years. To learn more, visit the NAEYC Web site.

To find a NAEYC accredited center, click here.

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