Getting Started

 

What is NAFCC Accreditation?

Quality. Commitment. Excellence.

NAFCC sponsors the only nationally recognized accreditation system designed specifically for family child care providers. Accreditation is awarded to family child care providers who meet the eligibility requirements and the Quality Standards for NAFCC Accreditation. Family child care providers achieve this high level of quality through a process that examines all aspects of the family child care program, i.e. relationships, the environment, developmental learning activities, safety, health, and professional and business practices.

Step 1-Commit to Quality

Congratulations! If you are here you are already committed to quality and are well on your way. Your next step is to enroll in self-study. NAFCC Accreditation Self-study is truly the heart of the NAFCC Accreditation process. It is a time for providers to evaluate themselves and their program and initiate quality improvements.

"Going through self-study-it really made me "kick it up" a notch. It definitely tweaked me as well as my program and made it all come together." -Arlene

Step 2-Enroll in Self-study

Choose from a boxed kit (printed materials), eSelf-study (online materials), or BOTH!


2 Easy Ways to Enroll:

Download a self-study enrollment form HERE. Submit via email, mail or fax. This is the best option if you plan on paying with a personal check or if another agency (Accreditation Facilitation Project) will be submitting your enrollment for you.

Submit your self-study enrollment electronically below.  This is a great option if another agency (Accreditation Faciliatation Project) is paying your fees and you have an authorization letter to submit with your enrollment. You can also submit this form, then mail a check.

Invest in Quality

Strategies for Paying Accreditation Fees

There are Many Accreditation Facilitation Projects around the country that provide financial and technical assistance to family child care providers interested in pursuing NAFCC Accreditation. Download a list of known AFPs

NAFCC offers a Lay-Away program that allows you to start saving up to cover accreditation fees. Download Lay-Away Form and Instructions

Many providers have also developed their own strategies for paying accreditation fees, including raising fees, asking parents to help in lieu of gifts, and finding grants.

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