My Self Study

Self-study is a two part process-mastering the standards and collecting information to document that you are meeting eligibility requirements. Your self-study kit is designed to provide the tools you will need to be successful in self-study and in maintaining accreditation.

Your NAFCC Accreditation Self-study Kit

Available in an online, digital format (eSelf-study) or printed materials (box kit)

Provider Guide to Achieving NAFCC Accreditation
This "how-to guide" takes you through each step of the process. Learn the expectations and requirements of the accreditation process, use handy forms and charts to record professional development and quality improvement goals, and keep your documents organized. As an added bonus, the Provider Guide includes a chapter that encourages you to develop a professional portfolio, a valuable marketing tool!  Get started by familiarizing yourself with the table of contents, then just read chapters 1-4. Refer to the other chapters as needed.

NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct
NAFCC has a firm commitment to uphold the highest ethical standards in the early care and education field and has adopted the "NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct." The code "offers guidelines for responsible behavior and sets forth a common basis for resolving the ethical dilemmas encountered in early care and education…"(NAEYC 2005). As part of the NAFCC Accreditation process, you are expected to sign a letter of commitment to the Code.

NAFCC Benchmarks to Quality
The "Benchmarks" organize the Quality Standards into four levels, allowing you to break self-study into manageable pieces. This is your self-study "workbook," which you will use to evaluate your program and develop a quality improvement plan. Chapter 5 in your Provider Guide explains how to "get the most" from this publication.

Parent Guide to NAFCC Accreditation
This guide is designed to answer questions parents might have about accreditation. Parents will understand the benefits of accreditation to them and their families and learn how they can support their provider during this exciting professional development endeavor. It will also help them understand their role in the accreditation process. Chapter 8 of your Provider Guide shares the importance of involving parents in your accreditation journey with tips for how to include them.

Quality Standards for NAFCC Accreditation
The Quality Standards for NAFCC Accreditation are the foundation of exemplary family child care. They provide credibility and an assurance to parents and your community that an accredited program is based on sound principles of child growth and development. Use your quality standards book to become familiar with the standards and refer to them often.

Collecting Documentation

You will collect documentation to show that you meet eligibility requirements and are in compliance with certain standards. Refer to Chapter 6 of your Provider Guide for more details regarding documention you will need to submit with your application (listed below) and what you will need to show the observer during your visit

  • Application
  • NAFCC Membership*
  • License
  • Health Assessment and TB Screening (not more than 2 years old)*
    • Submit for provider and assistants
  • Current Pediatric CPR & First Aid*
    • Submit for provider and assistants
  • Favorable State and Federal (FBI) Background Checks (not more than 3 years old)
    • Submit for provider, and if applicable; co-provider, assistants, substitutes, and other adults living in the family child care home
  • Training Log and Verification (120 hours for 1st time accrediting providers and 90 for re-accrediting providers. More information available at
    • Submit for provider and also co-provider if applicable

Planning for Accreditation

When you believe you have made the necessary professional development and quality improvements, you demonstrate your commitment to completing the process by submitting an accreditation application. Upon receipt of the application, NAFCC assesses candidate eligibility for completing the accreditation process. You should submit an application only if you are ready for an observation.

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