NAFCC Accreditation Fees
Self-Study Enrollment Fee Member-$315 Non-Member-$450 (Includes a box kit with the printed materials and an online portal with the same publications in digital format)
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 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.

Strategies to use to pay for accreditation or reaccreditation

Break the cost of accreditation down into manageable “chunks”.       

  • Did you know that the cost for re-accreditation for NAFCC members is about the same as the cost for a medium-sized specialty coffee drink a week for three years?
  • Or that it’s about the same cost as a candy bar a day for three years?
  • In many communities, the cost of the accreditation fee is less than having a manicure or pedicure every month for three years.
  • Consider opening a “Christmas Club” or holiday fund at your local bank and use it to save money for re-accreditation. About $6.00 a week will cover the costs.

Consider how your clients can help.

  • Some providers set a piggy bank labeled “My Re-Accreditation Fees” by the door.
  • One provider used an old coffee can that the children decorated and set it where parents could see it when they arrived every day.
  • Another provider asked parents to contribute the change in their pockets one day a week toward the accreditation fee.
  • A third provider increased her weekly fees and told parents that the increase would be used for re-accreditation fees.

Learn about what is available in your community.

  • In some communities the child care resource and referral agency or another agency has quality improvement funds that can help offset the costs of accreditation. If these funds only support first time accreditation, find out if they can be expanded to cover assistance with re-accreditation fees. Become an advocate and help people understand how important it is to keep providers accredited.
  • Explore whether there is a local accreditation project that might help you. If necessary, educate those involved about how important it is to the provider community to include re-accreditation in the project.
  • Find a “family child care champion”. It could be a business person or a politician. It might even be someone from a local newspaper. Make sure that you keep them informed about high quality child care and child care issues, and encourage them to recognize the work of you and your fellow providers.