NAFCC Accreditation Training Requirements

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Full NAFCC Accreditation Training Policy:

Core Competencies:

Relationships, Interactions, and Guidance-Includes, but is not limited to:

  • Nurturing and positive interactions
  • Supporting children’s emotional development and self-regulation
  • Social-emotional climate
  • Family and community engagement

Child Growth and Development-Includes, but is not limited to:

  • Physical, social, emotional, cognitive, and language development
  • How these interact with one another
  • Facilitating child growth and development
  • Approaches to learning

Learning Environments and Curriculum-Includes, but is not limited to:

  • Curriculum and curriculum planning
  • Language and literacy, mathematics, science, technology, engineering, the arts, social studies
  • Culture, diversity, and equity inclusiveness
  • Dual language learners
  • Space, materials, activities, transitions
  • Schedules and routines

Health, Safety, and Nutrition-Includes, but is not limited to:

  • Injury prevention
  • Minimizing disease
  • Allergies, tolerances, and dietary restrictions
  • Emergency preparedness
  • Physical activity
  • Supervision

Assessment and Screening-Includes, but is not limited to:

  • Observation, screening and referral, assessment, documentation, interpretation, planning, Implementation
  • Setting up goals and objectives for children
  • Using and implementing portfolios to assess and inform

Special Needs and Inclusion-Includes, but is not limited to:

  • Children with disabilities
  • Gifted and talented
  • Children with trauma and toxic stress
  • Recognizing academic and behavioral challenges
  • Collaborating services
  • Environmental access and adaptive equipment
  • Developmentally and individually appropriate practice

Professional and Business Practices-Includes, but is not limited to:

  • Professional development
  • Professional conduct and ethics
  • Leadership and advocacy
  • Administration using technology

Providers working towards accreditation for the first time or when accreditation has lapsed must complete at least 120 clock hours of documented family child care related education/training.  The education/training must be completed within the 3 years prior to submitting an accreditation application. The training must include hours in each core competency and at least 12 hours in 5 of the core competencies. This training may be met in any compbination of the following:

Training Clock Hours-These are hours received from recognized training sources. These may include but are not limited to child care resource and referral agencies and family child care associations, early childhood programs such as Head Start, school districts, U.S. military services, state government child care agencies, colleges, universities, vocational and technical schools. 

  • Workshops of two hours or less (up to 28 hours)
  • Classes or workshops taught by the candidate (up to 18 contact hours, limited to one time per training topic)
  • Training sessions longer than 2 hours each, or a series on a topic that totals more than 2 hours from a recognized agency or organization proficient in child care provider education may be submitted. Certificates from conferences that contain all attended sessions on one certificate will be counted as individual trainings and must be considered in the 28 hour restriction of workshops that are 2 hours or less.

Degrees-A Masters in Early Childhood Education, Child Development, or related field from an accredited college or university may be submitted for up to 45% of required training hours. A Baccalaureate in Early Childhood Education, Child Development, or related field from an accredited college or university may be submitted for up to 35% of required training hours. An Associate (2 year) degree in Early Childhood Education, Child Development or related field from an accredited college may be submitted for up to 25% of required training hours. A Baccalaureate or higher degree in an unrelated field from an accredited college or university may be submitted for up to 15% of required training hours. Please submit a copy of your transcript (offical copies are not required):

Degree

%

1st Accreditation

Masters-related

45%

54 hours

Bachelors-related

35%

42 hours

Associates-related

25%

30 hours

Bachelors-unrelated

15%

18 hours

College courses-Early childhood related college course from accredited colleges/universities may be submitted and hours are calculated as follows. Please submit a copy of your transcript (offical copies are not required):

College/University System

Each Unit/Credit Hour Equals:

Semesters

15 hours-a 3 Unit class is equivalent to 45 hours

Quarters

10 hours-a 3 unit class is equivalent to 30 hours

Continuing Education Units-CEU’s are worth 10 hours for each CEU. A certificate worth .01 CEUs is equivalent to 1 training clock hour. CEU credits are exempt from the 2 hour workshop limit of 28 hours or less.

Family Child Care Child Development Associate-The initial (not renewal) Family Child Care CDA (Child Development Associate) Credential awarded through the Council for Professional Recognition which is not more than 3 years old will be accepted as documentation of the 120 clock hours of training.

The determination that training meets accreditation criteria is made by NAFCC.  Questions regarding the distribution of training hours can be sent, in writing, to NAFCC.

 


Providers working towards re-accreditation in 2018 and are seeking re-accreditation must complete at least 90 clock hours of documented family child care related education/training completed since your previous application submission. If training includes at least 45 hours of CEUs, college courses, and or degrees (degrees do not expire), only a total of 75 hours is required. The training must include hours in each of the core competencies.

Degrees-A Masters in Early Childhood Education, Child Development, or related field from an accredited college or university may be submitted for up to 45% of required training hours. A Baccalaureate in Early Childhood Education, Child Development, or related field from an accredited college or university may be submitted for up to 35% of required training hours. An Associate (2 year) degree in Early Childhood Education, Child Development or related field from an accredited college may be submitted for up to 25% of required training hours. A Baccalaureate or higher degree in an unrelated field from an accredited college or university may be submitted for up to 15% of required training hours. Please submit a copy of your transcript (offical copies are not required):

Degree

Re-accreditation

Masters-related

45 hours

Bachelors-related

45 hours

Associates-related

37.5 hours

Bachelors+-unrelated

25 hours

College courses-Early childhood related college course from accredited colleges/universities may be submitted and hours are calculated as follows. Please submit a copy of your transcript (offical copies are not required):

College/University System

Each Unit/Credit Hour Equals:

Semesters

15 hours-a 3 Unit class is equivalent to 45 hours

Quarters

10 hours-a 3 unit class is equivalent to 30 hours

Continuing Education Units-CEU’s are worth 10 hours for each CEU. A certificate worth .01 CEUs is equivalent to 1 training clock hour. CEU credits are exempt from the 2 hour workshop limit of 28 hours or less.

Training Clock Hours-Training dated within the current accreditation period covering family child care related topics may be submitted. This training may be met in any combination of the following:

  • Workshops of two hours or less (up to 28 hours)
  • Classes or workshops taught by the candidate (up to 18 contact hours, limited to one time per training topic)
  • Training sessions longer than 2 hours each, or a series on a topic that totals more than 2 hours from a recognized agency or organization proficient in child care provider education may be submitted.  Recognized training sources include but are not limited to child care resource and referral agencies and family child care associations, early childhood programs such as Head Start, school districts, U.S. military services, state government child care agencies, colleges, universities, vocational and technical schools

The determination that training meets accreditation criteria is made by NAFCC.  Questions regarding the distribution of training hours can be sent, in writing, to NAFCC.

Training must be recorded on the official NAFCC Training record form.  All certificates and verification must be attached to the form. Verification of training must include the name of the provider, the topic of training, the date of the training, the number of hours attended, and if possible, the signature or stamp of the instructor or institution.  A course description or syllabus may be requested.


Providers working towards re-accreditation in 2019 or later and are seeking re-accreditation must complete at least 90 clock hours of documented family child care related education/training completed since your previous application submission. Training must include at least 45 hours of training that includes any combination of CEUs, college courses, and or a degree (degrees do not expire). The training must include hours in each of the core competencies.

Degrees-A Masters in Early Childhood Education, Child Development, or related field from an accredited college or university may be submitted for up to 45% of required training hours. A Baccalaureate in Early Childhood Education, Child Development, or related field from an accredited college or university may be submitted for up to 35% of required training hours. An Associate (2 year) degree in Early Childhood Education, Child Development or related field from an accredited college may be submitted for up to 25% of required training hours. A Baccalaureate or higher degree in an unrelated field from an accredited college or university may be submitted for up to 15% of required training hours. Please submit a copy of your transcript (offical copies are not required):

Degree

%

Re-accreditation Hours

Masters-related

45%

40.5 hours

Bachelors-related

35%

31.5 hours

Associates-related

25%

22.5 hours

Bachelors+-unrelated

15%

13.5 hours

College courses-Early childhood related college course from accredited colleges/universities may be submitted and hours are calculated as follows. Please submit a copy of your transcript (offical copies are not required):

College/University System

Each Unit/Credit Hour Equals:

Semesters

15 hours-a 3 Unit class is equivalent to 45 hours

Quarters

10 hours-a 3 unit class is equivalent to 30 hours

Continuing Education Units-CEU’s are worth 10 hours for each CEU. A certificate worth .01 CEUs is equivalent to 1 training clock hour. CEU credits are exempt from the 2 hour workshop limit of 28 hours or less.

Training Clock Hours-A maximum of 45 clock hours of training dated within the current accreditation period covering family child care related topics may be submitted. This training may be met in any combination of the following:

  • Workshops of two hours or less (up to 28 hours)
  • Classes or workshops taught by the candidate (up to 18 contact hours, limited to one time per training topic)
  • Training sessions longer than 2 hours each, or a series on a topic that totals more than 2 hours from a recognized agency or organization proficient in child care provider education may be submitted.  Recognized training sources include but are not limited to child care resource and referral agencies and family child care associations, early childhood programs such as Head Start, school districts, U.S. military services, state government child care agencies, colleges, universities, vocational and technical schools

The determination that training meets accreditation criteria is made by NAFCC.  Questions regarding the distribution of training hours can be sent, in writing, to NAFCC.

Training must be recorded on the official NAFCC Training record form.  All certificates and verification must be attached to the form. Verification of training must include the name of the provider, the topic of training, the date of the training, the number of hours attended, and if possible, the signature or stamp of the instructor or institution.  A course description or syllabus may be requested.


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FAQS

How many hours of training do I need to submit?

  • If this is your first accreditation you will submit 120 hours of early childhood or family child care related training
  • If your accreditation expires in 2018 you will submit up to 90 hours of early childhood or family child care related training. However, if you have at least 45 hours of some combination of CEUS, college courses, and/or a degree you will only submit a total of 75 hours
  • If your accreditation expires in 2019 or later you will submit a total of 90 hours which includes at least 45 hours of some combination of CEUS, college courses, and/or a degree
  • If you are currently accredited and want to add a co-provider when you go through re-accreditation, your new co-provider will need to submit 120 hours, as indicated for providers going through accreditation for the first time

How old can my training be?

  • If this is your first accreditation, training needs to be less than 3 years old
  • If you are working towards re-accreditation, submit any training taken after your last application submission (or update submission if you included training)
  • Degrees do not expire

How should I organize my training?

  • Record training on an NAFCC Training Log in date order and provide back-up documentation also organized in date order

-OR-

  • Submit a training registry transcript. No additional back-up documentation is required. *

What back-up documentation should I provide?

  • Certificates, training registries*, and/or college transcripts
  • A current, initial Family Child Care CDA certificate. Renewal CDA certificates are not accepted in lieu of other documentation. If you have obtained a renewal CDA certificate, you may submit the individual certificates or transcripts for the training you completed to renew your CDA.
  • Letters from any organizations where you have facilitated training, if applicable. This training does not exceed 18 hours and does not include repeated topics

Are there restrictions on the training I can submit?

  • NAFCC excepts up to 28 hours of training consisting of workshops that are 2 hours or less
  • NAFCC excepts up to 18 hours of training facilitated by you. This training does not include repeated topics

How many hours should I submit for each core competency area?

  • If this is your first accreditation, submit training in each core competency and at least 12 hours in 5 of the core competencies
  • If you are working towards re-accreditation, submit hours in each core competency

*A training registry is a system designed to track your completed training and is typically administered through your state licensing, quality rating system, or resource and referral. If you participate in a training registry, a copy of this registry transcript may be submitted with your updates or accreditation application in lieu of certificates. If all of your training is listed in the registry, you are also exempt from submitting the NAFCC Training Log.