Accreditation is a voluntary process that identifies and recognizes the high quality services of family childcare homes, childcare centers and school-age programs based on an examination of various factors. There are many ways for your child care program to become accredited. We have listed some information below to help you get started with this process.

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Accreditation Scholarship Funds Who is eligible to apply? Licensed family child care providers and licensed center-based early childhood programs listed on our database who are in the process of becoming an Accredited Program.

What expenses are covered? Accreditation scholarship funds may be accessed to cover expenses related to the Accreditation Process. This may include, but not limited to, self study materials, and equipment/supplies needed to comply with Accreditation standards.

Professional Development Funds/Accreditation Guidelines and Requirements Programs may apply for any amount required for equipment replacements/additions coinciding with Accreditation guidelines. Amount funded depends on program need as well as commitment to achieving Accreditation.

When should you apply? Programs can apply any time. Funds are limited and are granted on a first come, first serve basis.

How do you apply? Fill out the appropriate application form and return it to: 

Child Care Resource and Referral Network Attn:
Gena Schuler
207 W. Jefferson St., Suite 301
Bloomington, IL 61701.

There are several accreditation programs available to you to complete this process:

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

The purpose of the National Academy of Early Childhood (a division of NAEYC) is to improve the quality of care and education provided for young children in all types of preschools, kindergartens, child care centers and school-age child care programs.

NAEYC Eligibility:

The Accreditation Process:

For more information about NAEYC, visit  or call  1-800-424-2460.

National Accreditation Commission (NAC)

The National Accreditation Commission for Early Care and Education Programs is a national accreditation program that was developed for early care and educational programs, and is used to promote professionalism and quality in child care. The process includes a self-study component, a validation visit and a review by the NAC commission for the final accreditation decision.

For more information about NAC, visit  or call  1-800-424-2460.

National Association for Family Child Care Accreditation (NAFCC)

The National Association for Family Child Care has designed an accreditation system to help family child care providers set and reach quality improvement goals and to help parents and policymakers identify high quality care in a home setting. The accreditation is intended for providers who have demonstrated a commitment to reach beyond the minimum requirements of state licensing.

NAFCC Eligibility:

For more information about NAFCC, visit  or call (801) 886-2322.

National Early Childhood Program Accreditation (NECPA)

Primarily for childcare centers, the NECPA system is a streamlined, user-friendly approach to accreditation.  The NECPA accreditation process examines program areas such as professional development, work environment, outdoor environment, developmental program, parent and community involvement, and administration.  It begins with a self-assessment and improvement plan which the center implements.  A volunteer peer verifier then follows up with an on-site visit.  The National Accreditation Council studies the results of the assessment, reviews the verification and grants accreditation.

For more information, visit or call 1-800-505-9878.

The National AfterSchool Association

The National AfterSchool Association strives to be the leading voice of the after-school profession dedicated to the development, education, and care of children and youth during their out-of-school hours. For more information, visit or call 800-617-8242.


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