Early Childhood Accreditation
Accredited learning programs give children the access to high-quality learning opportunities. To become accredited with a nationally recognized agency, your child care center must apply and go through rigorous training to meet the standards set by the accreditation program. But sifting through these agencies can become overwhelming.
Fortunately, the experts at Partners in Quality Care provide accreditation consulting for your center! Our professional team can assist your child care center with a variety of accreditations including:
The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
We work with child care centers that want to receive a National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Accreditation. NAEYC Accreditation has been in existence since 1985, and over 7,000 programs are NAEYC Accredited in the United States.
We can support your center's accreditation in a number of ways. While we're happy to answer questions, we're more than a hotline. We come to your center and coach you through every step of the process! Our NAEYC Accreditation Services include:
- Full accreditation coaching from start-to-finish
- Portfolio review
- Required accreditation training (orientation and any of the 10 standards)
- Pre-NAEYC verification visit
- Annual reporting for re-accreditation
- Hourly consulting
- Free phone support with any of the above services
NAEYC Accreditation makes parents and families more likely to choose your program, and NAEYC-accredited child care centers are eligible for a fast-track to a 4-star Parent Aware rating!
The National Early Childhood Program Accreditation (NECPA)
The NECPA has specific standards in place that your child care center must meet; however, these standards must be met along with the Child Care Rule 3 Licensing laws set by the State of Minnesota. These standards measure everything from the physical environment of the center to the adult/child interactions.
In order to become accredited, you must prove your center follows the standards set by the NECPA. These include:
- Specific teacher qualifications
- Background check procedures
- Food preparation procedures
- Child/staff ratios
- Behavior management practices
- Nutrition requirements
- First aid and CPR training
- Lesson plans and curriculums
- Indoor and outdoor equipment requirements
- Emergency plans
- And more
Parent Aware Accreditation
With a Parent Aware accreditation, your child care facility will join the mission to provide quality child care and education that children need to succeed. Is it time your child care facility goes above and beyond for health and safety requirements?
Why Should You Get a Parent Aware Rating?
- It’s Free
There is no cost to apply for a Parent Aware accreditation. The only thing you must commit is your time toward the training to receive a Rating.
- Grow as a Professional
It’s important to continue your professional development as an early childhood care provider, whether you want to continue providing the best care for the children at your facility, or want to open doors for your center.
- CACFP Benefits
If your child care center is a member of the Child and Adult Food Program (CACFP), then a Parent Aware accreditation will allow your center to receive a larger amount of reimbursement money for the food your children eat every day.
Interested in continuing your center’s quality improvement goals? Contact us today to get started.
The American Montessori Internationale (AMI)
A growing area in the State of Minnesota, Montessori is a method of teaching that focuses on a child-centered approach. It fosters peer learning, multi-age classrooms, individual blocks of work time, guided choices of work activity, and more. With this new-age learning style, the teaching is also different from the average educational program. Teachers must go through special training, and the program must use Montessori-designated educational resources to teach.
If your child care center is interested in taking this approach to teaching, you will want to become certified by the American Montessori Internationale. The professionals at Partners in Quality Care can guide your child care program as they take the next steps in becoming a recognized Montessori. Your center will be required to do the following:
- Montessori teacher training
- Classroom restructuring
- Montessori curriculum planning
- Montessori application
The American Montessori Society (AMS)
Just like the American Montessori Internationale (AMI), the American Montessori Society (AMS) is a nationally recognized organization helping foster the learning of young children. A Montessori focuses on a holistic learning approach for children, where they can become productive individuals focused on their own development.
If you’re interested in turning your early childhood organization toward the Montessori approach, contact the professionals at Partners in Quality Care for expert guidance through the process.
Already an Accredited Center? Here’s How we can Continue to Help
Our accreditation professionals can work with you to prepare your center’s annual reports as well as help prepare you for the re-accreditation process. Our services include:
- Accreditation training
- Ongoing Classroom observations
- Portfolio and documentation consultation
Contact Us Today!
Our accreditation service fee schedule is available upon request. Contact us today for more information!