Obtaining accreditation for your Child Care facility is a frustrating process, but it’s worth the upfront cost and difficult application process. Accreditation can help you save money and keep your slots filled.
According to Child Care Aware of America, only 10 percent of child care centers and only one percent of family child care homes are nationally accredited. We understand it can be daunting to begin this process, but the payoffs outweigh the impediments. Here’s why:
Accreditation will make your facility easier for parents to find
The NAEYC, NAFCC, and NECPA all have searchable databases of accredited facilities. Families, when looking to place their children, oftentimes search the database to find the accredited facility in their neighborhood. Without this added benefit, you almost certainly are losing potential new customers.
Accreditation will draw parents to your facility
Families evaluate facilities on their accreditation status. We all know that keeping slots filled is entirely contingent upon impressing parents. There is no easier way to show that your center is a high quality program than being an accredited facility.
Accreditation allows you to receive higher reimbursements from your state
As an accredited facility, you are eligible for higher reimbursement rates from your state. The price varies from state to state, but you will be increase revenues no matter what.
Need to know more about accreditation? There are three national organizations that give accreditation to owners of Child Care facilities – The National Association for Education of Young Children (NAEYC), The National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC), and the National Early Childhood Program Accreditation (NECPA). While each association has slightly different accreditation guidelines, all three look for higher standards of health, safety, administration and teacher qualifications.
As a facility, you are required to produce a self-assessment followed by a visit from a Child Care Expert who observes and assesses your program. Everything is reviewed – your relationship with parents, the curriculum you offer, how you train your staff, safety standards for the enrolled children, and overall environment.
This process takes time. It may be months before you receive accreditation, and it does come without a price tag. Owners like you are required to pay fees that range from 100 to 300 dollars to the accrediting organizations and updates are required every three years.
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