Getting Started


What is NAFCC Accreditation?

Quality. Commitment. Excellence.

NAFCC administers the only national 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 first step is to understand 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

What is Self-Study? Click Here to Learn More

Step 2-Enroll in Self-Study

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.

What Happens Next?

Once you have enrolled, an NAFCC Accreditation Program Coordinator will contact you with more information about when to expect your kit and how to connect with others who are working through their Self-Study.

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

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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