A key component of NAFCC’s accreditation process is the observation of the provider at the conclusion of self-study. The observation is conducted by an individual who has met specific eligibility requirements established by the organization. Observers play a critical role in the NAFCC accreditation process.

In order to become an observer, individuals are required to attend the two-day Observer Training and successfully demonstrate skills in observation and documentation. This training is highly recommended for individuals wishing to support NAFCC Accreditation through completing program visits as part of the decision step. Those wishing to support providers through mentoring and training are encouraged to attend "Train the NAFCC Accreditation Trainer" at our annual conference.

This is a volunteer position that supports the mission of NAFCC and high quality across the field of family child care. Observers receive a stipend to help offset the cost of their time. We understand that it does not fully cover the cost of an observer's time. We greatly appreciate and understand the dedication involved in being an NAFCC Accreditation Observer. The current stipend is $125 per visit. Each visit is approximately 4 hours. Then, observers take a 1-1.5 hour break to prepare for a 1-1.5 hour interview. Travel costs for anything over 100 miles (round trip) are re-imbursed at 42 cents per mile. Re-imbursement for lodging and meals may be available for overnight stays.

NAFCC Observers must:

    • Be an individual member of NAFCC
    • Be at least 21 years of age
    • Be familiar with everyday life in family child care (either as a provider or a support person who has spent significant time in family child care homes)
    • Successfully complete required training
    • Successfully complete reliable observations once assigned

If you are a family child care provider you must be NAFCC Accredited.

*If you are not a provider, you must meet all of the requirements in one of the four combinations of education and experience outlined below:

A.    Six semester hours of study from an accredited college or university covering children ages birth through school-age. At least eight years experience working as a family child care provider or someone who has worked closely with family child care.
B. Twelve semester hours of study from an accredited college or university covering children ages birth through age five. At least six years experience working as a family child care provider or someone who has worked closely with family child care.
C. Associate (two-year) degree in early childhood education/child development or a related field from an accredited college or university. Courses must include at least 12 semester hours covering children ages birth through age five. At least four years experience working as a family child care provider or someone who has worked closely with family child care.
D. Baccalaureate degree in early childhood education/child development or a related field from an accredited college or university. Courses must include at least 12 semester hours covering children ages birth through age five. At least two years experience working as a family child care provider or someone who has worked closely with family child care.

*Attention Council for Professional Recognition (CDA) PD Specialists- Unless you are a family child care provider, you are specially qualified under an agreement between NAFCC and The Council to participate in NAFCC Observer Training. If you are an fcc provider, you will need to be NAFCC Accredited to attend training.

Bilingual Observer Qualifications

In addition to meeting observer qualifications, bilingual observers must meet the following:

    • Be able to speak, read, and write Spanish and English well enough to understand and be understood by both children and adults
    • Have one year direct experience with bilingual early childhood programs and with non-English-speaking populations

If you have further questions please email Dawn at dcramer@nafcc.org

Cost of Training: Unless otherwise specified, all NAFCC sponsored observer trainings are $150 in 2017. $100 is refundable after 3 visits are completed in within one year of training. 

Training Schedule:

Specific times and classroom locations will be listed and emailed to registrants as soon as they are finalized.

July 19-20, 2017 Mobile, AL
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(Registration opens February 9th)

April 3-4, 2017 Portland, ME  
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Training Location: Marriott Portland Sable Oaks, 200 Sable Oaks Drive, So. Portland 04106 Times: 9am-6pm Lunch: Provided for both days coutesy of Maine Roads to Quality. Parking: Complimentary

April 5-6, 2017 Milford, MA
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Training Location: Milford Town Library, 80 Spruce Street, Milford, MA 01757 Times: 9am-6pm Lunch: On your own at 1pm Parking: On Pine Street which is parallel to Spruce

April 7-8, 2017 Bridgeport, CT
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Training Location: All Our Kin, 1550 B State Street, Bridgeport, CT 06605 Times: 9am-6pm Lunch: On your own at 1pm, Parking: TBA

April 10-11, 2017 Scarsdale, NY
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Training Location: TBA Times: TBA Lunch: On your own Parking: TBA

April 13-14, 2017 Washington D.C.
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Training Location: Council for Professional Recognition, 2460 16th Street, NW Washington, DC  20009-3547 Times: TBA Lunch: On your own Parking: TBA

April 28-29, 2017 Auburn, AL
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June 21-22, 2017 Kissimmee, FL
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(Registration will open by February 15th)

Tenative Training Schedule

Spring 2017
Northern CA
Southern CA

Fall 2017
Tampa, FL
Gainesville, FL
Wisconsin
Minnesota
Illinois
Indiana