If a provider holds a certain accreditation, this means that they are committed to upholding the standards set forth by that organization or association. Below is a short description of what each of these accreditations stands for:
Council on Accreditation (COA): The COA partners with human service organizations worldwide to improve service delivery outcomes by developing, applying, and promoting accreditation standards.
For additional information, please visit www.coanet.org
National Accreditation Commission for Early Care and Education Programs (NAC): The NAC is a national program that was developed for early care and educational programs that are used to promote professionalism and quality in child care.
For additional information, please visit www.naccp.org
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC): The NAEYC is dedicated to improving the well-being of all young children, with particular focus on the quality of educational and developmental services for all children from birth through age 8.
For additional information, please visit www.naeyc.org
National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC): The focus of NAFCC is to provide technical assistance to family child care associations. This assistance is provided through developing leadership and professionalism, addressing issues of diversity, and by promoting quality and professionalism through NAFCC's Family Child Care Accreditation.
For additional information, please visit www.nafcc.org
National Early Childhood Program Accreditation (NECPA): The NECPA has been carefully crafted to create broad public understanding of the benefits of high quality early childhood care and education. Coupled with this increased understanding is a raised awareness of the "professional expertise" required to deliver that high quality care and an appreciation of the advantages that children receive from accredited centers and schools.
For additional information visit www.necpa.net