2017 NAFCC Accreditation Updates

Quality Standards Review

The Quality Standards Review Team has reviewed all standards and revised as needed to reflect best practices, particularly in the areas of child assessment and social-emotional development. Standards were additionally reviewed to clarify language and eliminate gender bias. 

How Does This Affect You? If you are submitting an accreditation application after March 31st, 2018, you will need to demonstrate that you are meeting the updated standards during your observation visit.

Updated standards include but are not limited to:

Tooth Brushing

Screen Time

Ratios

Child Assessment

Download the complete updated standards HERE

Ratios

NAFCC is instituting a policy regarding child and adult ratios. The following standards will be un-starred safety standards under “supervision" in the "relationships" section of the observer workbook.

1. A qualified assistant is present when there are more than 6 children in care, and no more than 12 children are in care at any one time.

2. When there are 6 or fewer children present, no more than two are under the age of two years. When there are 7 or more children present, no more than 4 are under the age of two years.

NOTE for both standards— whenever present, the childcare provider’s own children under the age of six must be included in the count.

How Does This Affect You? If you are submitting an accreditation application after March 31st, 2018, you will need to demonstrate that you are meeting the new standards during your observation visit. All starred standards must be met to achieve NAFCC Accreditation. Because the ratio standard is un-starred, it is possible to become accredited without meeting one or even both of these standards and still maintain a high enough percentage. To clarify, there are 2 types of standards; starred and un-starred. All starred standards must be met 100% to achieve accreditation. Only a percentage of the un-starred standards must be met. The ratio standards fall under relationships in the observer workbook. 90% of the un-starred standards in this section must be met. There are 35 un-starred standards. If on the day of your visit we are able to document evidence of at least 32 out of 35 un-starred standards in this section being met, you will be able to become accredited.

FYI-The other sections of the observer workbook are: routines and you must meet 90% of the unstarred standards; learning activities and you must meet 85% of the un-starred standards; environment and you must meet 90% of the un-starred standards; records and you must meet 95% of the un-starred standards. You may always find a copy of the observer workbook at https://www.nafcc.org/Accreditation-Forms-English.

Rationale Paper-Coming Soon!

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Professional Development (Training Requirements)

2017 Updated Training Requirements

Core Competencies:

Relationships, Interactions, and Guidance-Includes, but is not limited to:

  • Nurturing and positive interactions
  • Supporting children’s emotional development and self-regulation
  • Social-emotional climate
  • Family and community engagement

Child Growth and Development-Includes, but is not limited to:

  • Physical, social, emotional, cognitive, and language development
  • How these interact with one another
  • Facilitating child growth and development
  • Approaches to learning

Learning Environments and Curriculum-Includes, but is not limited to:

  • Curriculum and curriculum planning
  • Language and literacy, mathematics, science, technology, engineering, the arts, social studies
  • Culture, diversity, and equity inclusiveness
  • Dual language learners
  • Space, materials, activities, transitions
  • Schedules and routines

Health, Safety, and Nutrition-Includes, but is not limited to:

  • Injury prevention
  • Minimizing disease
  • Allergies, tolerances, and dietary restrictions
  • Emergency preparedness
  • Physical activity
  • Supervision

Assessment and Screening-Includes, but is not limited to:

  • Observation, screening and referral, assessment, documentation, interpretation, planning, Implementation
  • Setting up goals and objectives for children
  • Using and implementing portfolios to assess and inform

Special Needs and Inclusion-Includes, but is not limited to:

  • Children with disabilities
  • Gifted and talented
  • Children with trauma and toxic stress
  • Recognizing academic and behavioral challenges
  • Collaborating services
  • Environmental access and adaptive equipment
  • Developmentally and individually appropriate practice

Professional and Business Practices-Includes, but is not limited to:

  • Professional development
  • Professional conduct and ethics
  • Leadership and advocacy
  • Administration using technology

 

Providers seeking accreditation for the first time or when accreditation has lapsed must complete at least 120 clock hours of documented family child care related education/training.  The education/training must be completed within the 3 years prior to submitting an accreditation application. The training must include hours in each core competency and at least 12 hours in 5 of the core competencies. A provider must complete one of the two education/training options for accreditation as follows.

1.    Training hours may be met through any combination of the following 4 options:

a.    Workshops of two hours or less (up to 28 hours)

b.    Classes or workshops taught by the candidate (up to 18 contact hours, limited to one time per training topic) 

c.    A Masters in Early Childhood Education, Child Development, or related field from an accredited college or university may be submitted for up to 45% of required training hours. A Baccalaureate in Early Childhood Education, Child Development, or related field from an accredited college or university may be submitted for up to 35% of required training hours. An Associate (2 year) degree in Early Childhood Education, Child Development or related field from an accredited college may be submitted for up to 25% of required training hours. A Baccalaureate or higher degree in an unrelated field from an accredited college or university may be submitted for up to 15% of required training hours.

 

Degree

%

1st Accreditation

Re-accreditation

Masters-related

45%

54 hours

40.5 hours

Bachelors-related

35%

42 hours

31.5 hours

Associates-related

25%

30 hours

22.5 hours

Bachelors-unrelated

15%

18 hours

13.5 hours

d.    Training from a recognized agency or organization proficient in child care provider education.  Recognized training sources include but are not limited to child care resource and referral agencies and family child care associations, early childhood programs such as Head Start, school districts, U.S. military services, state government child care agencies, colleges, universities, vocational and technical schools (no maximum).

2.    The initial (not renewal) Family Child Care CDA (Child Development Associate) Credential awarded through the Council for Professional Recognition which is not more than 3 years old will be accepted as documentation of the 120 clock hours of training.

The determination that training meets accreditation criteria is made by NAFCC.  Questions regarding the distribution of training hours can be sent, in writing, to NAFCC.

A provider seeking re-accreditation must complete the following.  The training must include hours in each of the core competencies.

1.     Complete at least 90 clock hours of documented family child care related education/training through any combination of the following 4 options.

 

  1. A Masters in Early Childhood Education, Child Development, or related field from an accredited college or university may be submitted for up to 45% of required training hours. A Baccalaureate in Early Childhood Education, Child Development, or related field from an accredited college or university may be submitted for up to 35% of required training hours. An Associate (2 year) degree in Early Childhood Education, Child Development or related field from an accredited college may be submitted for up to 25% of required training hours. A Baccalaureate or higher degree in an unrelated field from an accredited college or university may be submitted for up to 15% of required training hours.

 

Degree

%

1st Accreditation

Re-accreditation

Masters-related

45%

54 hours

40.5 hours

Bachelors-related

35%

42 hours

31.5 hours

Associates-related

25%

30 hours

22.5 hours

Bachelors+-unrelated

15%

18 hours

13.5 hours

b.    A minimum of one college course (3 credit hour/45 clock hours) from an accredited college or university dated within the current accreditation period covering family child care topics. 

c.    A minimum of 4.5 CEU’s (45 clock hours) dated within the current accreditation period covering family child care related topics.

d.    A maximum of 45 clock hours of training dated within the current accreditation period covering family child care related topics. This training must be unduplicated and may not be reflected in any other option of training used for accreditation. This training may be met through the following areas.

i.    Workshops of two hours or less (up to 28 hours)

ii.    Classes or workshops taught by the candidate (up to 18 contact hours, limited to one time per training topic)

iii.    Training from a recognized agency or organization proficient in child care provider education.  Recognized training sources include but are not limited to child care resource and referral agencies and family child care associations, early childhood programs such as Head Start, school districts, U.S. military services, state government child care agencies, colleges, universities, vocational and technical schools

The determination that training meets accreditation criteria is made by NAFCC.  Questions regarding the distribution of training hours can be sent, in writing, to NAFCC. 

Training must be recorded on the official NAFCC Training record form.  All certificates and verification must be attached to the form. Verification of training must include the name of the provider, the topic of training, the date of the training, the number of hours attended, and if possible, the signature or stamp of the instructor or institution.  A course description or syllabus may be requested.

How does the effect you?

  • All providers submitting an application after March 31st, 2018 must meet these training requirements
  • Providers seeking re-accreditation whose accreditation expires in 2019 or later must meet this training requirement the next time they apply
  • Providers seeking re-accreditation whose accreditation expires in 2018 or sooner do not have to meet this requirement the next time they apply, but the time after

Training Resources List Available Soon!

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NAFCC Accreditation Fees 
 
Self-Study Enrollment Fee Member-$315 Non-Member-$450 (add $135 to include eSelf-study and boxed kit)
The self-study enrollment fee is non-refundable and non-transferable once NAFCC has sent the self-study kit. After 3 years your self-study file will be closed for accounting purposes. If you need more time a $25 reinstatement fee is due (in addition to other applicable fees) at the time you submit your application.*

Accreditation Application Fee Member-$525 Non-Member-$735
The accreditation fee is non-refundable and non-transferable once NAFCC has received an accreditation application.* 

Annual Update Fee Member-$160 Non-Member-$240
The annual update fee is due with the first year annual update. No fee is due with the second year annual update. The annual update fee is non-refundable and non-transferable once NAFCC has received an annual update form.* 

Accreditation Package Member-$945 Non-Member-$1340
This option includes the self-study enrollment fee, accreditation application fee, and annual update fee. Refund or transfer of fee is permitted depending on what has been sent or submitted (see above).* 

Co-Provider Fee Member-$100 Non-Member-$150
If co-providers are applying for accreditation this fee is due with the accreditation application. 

Relocation Fee Member-$50 Non-Member-$75
NAFCC Accredited providers may relocate their accredited program. This fee is due with an updated license and a completed relocation packet. Email accreditation@nafcc.org to request a relocation packet. The relocation fee is non-refundable and non-transferable once NAFCC has received the relocation packet.* 

Additional Fees

Accreditation expiration dates are firm and cannot be changed. For items not submitted or completed by the appropriate deadline, additional fees may be assesed. Contact NAFCC for more information. The extension fee is non-refundable and non-transferable.

Additional Application Fee-If an application is received incomplete or if we do not receive your re-accreditation application by your expiration date a fee may be assessed$50-2 months $100-6 months

Additional Observation Fees-if you cannot have your visit in the designated month you may be charged additional fees  $50-2 months $100-6 months

Observation Rescheduling Fee-if your observer arrives to complete your visit on a day NAFCC was expecting you to be able to have your visit a re-scheduling fee may be assesed to cover incuured costs for that day $250

Annual Update Late Fee- If your annual update is not received by the deadline a $50 fee may be assesed.

* A $50 processing fee may be assessed for any refund or transfer of fees. No refunds or transfers of fees can be processed after 3 years.

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Transfer Policy 

An accredited provider that is the licensed owner of the program may transfer their accreditation in the instance the program is moved and licensed in a new location. An accredited co-provider may transfer their accreditation in the instance they move the program and the program is no longer in operation at the original location, with the assumption being the original material and philosophies used to develop the program transfer with it. The co-provider (now just provider) must be the licensed owner in the new location.

How Does this Affect You? To transfer the accreditation, the provider will complete a transfer workbook, which consists of the self-certified standards. They will also submit the new license and transfer fee. If you are an accredited provider that is an employee of an owner, you will not be eligible to transfer your accreditation unless you are staying in the employ of that owner and merely moving to another one of their locations.

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Criminal Background Check Requirements for NAFCC Observers

NAFCC Observers will be required to maintain a favorable state and FBI criminal back ground check not older than 3 years to maintain eligibility to complete NAFCC Accreditation visits by Jne 30, 2018.

How Does this Affect You? NAFCC Accredited Providers will be exempt, as they maintain this requirement as part of their accreditation eligibility.

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