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 and are qualified to be an NAFCC Observer.*

If you are a CDA, family child care designated PDS you are qualified to be an NAFCC Observer.*

*If you are not a provider or PDS 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.

 

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, classroom locations, lunch arrangements, and parking considerations will be listed and emailed to registrants as soon as they are finalized. If not listed here, those details are not yet available.


Indianapolis, IN November 3-4 (Friday & Saturday), 2017

4755 Kingsway Dr # 107, Indianapolis, IN 46205

8am - 5pm (1 hour lunch break at approximately noon. Lunch is on your own)

Click here to register by October 22, 2017

 

Santa Maria, CA December 8-9 (Friday & Saturday), 2017

1410 South Broadway, Santa Maria Ca, 93454

(Parking and entrance will be behind shopping strip)

8am - 5pm (1 hour lunch break at approximately noon. Lunch is on your own)

Click here to register on our interest list if you are planning on attending, thinking about attending, or would like us to call you with more information.

 

Chicago, IL June 28-29 (Thursday & Friday), 2018

This training is at our annual conference. The fee will be $250.

Visit https://www.nafcc.org/Conference for the most up to date 2018 NAFCC Conference information.