Use the graphic below, to identify where you are in the NAFCC process, follow the arrows, and review the information for each step to the side.
The At-A-Glance publications created by NAFCC provides a wealth of information regarding the expectations for each step of accreditation. Use the NAFCC At-A-Glance Flyer to identify your current step in the process. Once determined, read how to begin the next step in preparation.
View the NAFCC Accreditation At-A-Glance Flyer.
During self-study, you evaluate your program using the Quality Standards for NAFCC Accreditation and make quality improvements.
The NAFCC Application stage assesses your eligibility. This, among others, includes verification of CPR and First Aid certification, background checks, and family childcare specific training. To learn more view the NAFCC Accreditation Application Flyer.
NAFCC trained observers conduct an observation of you and your program. The observer gathers information based on the Quality Standards and objectively documents what is seen and heard. Prior to your observation visit you will complete the Self-Certified Standards book and families will complete parent surveys. Learn more by viewing the Observation Visit Flyer.
You will assess yourself and your program to ensure continuous compliance with the Quality Standards, verify you continue to meet all eligibility requirements, and report professional development activities and quality improvements you have completed during the year. Learn more by viewing the NAFCC Accreditation Update Flyer.
Frequently Asked Questions
Process of NAFCC FAQs
I now have my Self Study Kit, now what?
This “how to guide” takes you through each step of the process. Learn the expectations and requirements of the accreditation process, use the 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 read chapters 1-4. Refer to the other chapters as needed.
How should I plan 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 the receipt of the application, INAEYC and NAFCC assess the candidate eligibility for completing the accreditation process. You should only submit your application if you are ready for an observation.
When should I apply?
Choose a month you would like your visit. Use the chart to determine when to submit your application. Re-accrediting providers should consider submitting their COMPLETE application up to 6 months earlier to avoid lapse in status.
How do I maintain my accreditation?
MARK YOUR CALENDAR. Keep track of your expiration dates and deadlines. NAFCC attempts to send reminders via email and mail. However, they cannot guarantee receipt of these reminders.
PLAN AHEAD. Eligibility documentation may take time, especially training ours. Allow yourself plenty of time to complete items so you can submit your annual updates and re-accreditation application on time.
FOLLOW THE TIMELINE. Accreditation takes time. Allow plenty of time for the process to happen if you want to avoid a lapse in accreditation status. Allow about 6 moths for re-accreditation process.
RE-EVALUATE. Go over the Quality Standards for Accreditation at least before each observation visit. The Benchmarks to Quality workbook is a valuable tool to use throughout your career as an accredited provider.
How do I submit my Accreditation Update?
17 months after accreditation begins, send the following to the INAEYC office:
- Submit complete NAFCC Annual Update Form.
- Submit INAEYC Scholarship Application.
- Submit documentation that needs to be updated. Refer to your checklist you received with your award letter.
- Submit all documentation listed on the INAEYC Scholarship Application.