Child Care Credentialing Information
Accreditation for Family Child Care
The National Association for Family Child Care accredits family day care homes that offer high quality child care services. The purpose of the accreditation is to offer professional recognition and consumer distinction to those providers who meet these high standards of quality child care. Accreditation is intended for those licensed providers who have demonstrated a commitment to reach beyond these minimum requirements to achieve standards of excellence.
National Association for the Education of Young Children
The purpose of NAEYC Accreditation is to improve the quality of care and education provided for young children in group programs in the United States. Find out about the Accreditation process, criteria, application, and NAEYC resources for Accreditation. Learn more.
Association of Christian Schools International
The ACSI Preschool Accreditation Program:
- addresses the spiritual, or Christian, aspect of the preschool, and
- the quality of the preschool's educational program, including age appropriate instruction.
Achieving accreditation is a challenging process. It requires the full participation of the early education program's administration, staff, and parents. The accreditation manual has been designed to address the many components of a quality early education program. Parents who enroll their children in an ACSI-accredited program will feel confident that their children are getting the best care and education possible. ACSI's accreditation program communicates to the parent constituency your program's quality and integrity.
International Association of Christian Early Educators
The International Association of Christian Early Educators offers three levels of recognized certification: 1) Early Education Temporary Certificate; 2) Early Education Associate Certificate; 3) Early Education Teacher Certificate. To find out more about the specific requirements for each certification type, click on the link above.
Child Development Associate
The Child Development Associate is a credential offered to individuals who work with young children by the Council for Early Childhood Professional Recognition. In order to qualify, a candidate must : 1) demonstrate a working knowledge of, and competence in, early childhood education; 2) complete a minimum of 480 hours of on-the-job experience; and 3) participate in formal training.
This credential is offered to individuals working in center-based settings with either preschool or infant/toddler endorsement; family child care; and by home visitors. Bilingual specialization is also available. For more information. Call 1-800-424-4310 (Council for Professional Recognition) for brochure and beginning information.