Accreditation of a child care center is a voluntary self-study, approved by the National Academy of Early Childhood Programs, a division of the National Association for Education for Young Children (NAEYC).
The process takes at least six months, costs several hundred dollars and covers 10 criteria, including:
It includes parent questionnaires and records of observations made by the center's director and staff. In addition, an NAEYC reviewer visits the center.
Once a center becomes accredited, improvements must continue to be made in order to keep accreditation. Approximately 85 percent of the centers that complete the process are granted accreditation. Those that are not successful are eligible to try again.
Childcare program directors agree that there is no need to view unaccredited centers negatively, but the completion of the accreditation process does tell the public that the center took the time and expense to go through a detailed process in order to improve its quality.
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Choosing a daycare provider for your children can be the most difficult and most important thing you will ever do for them. Many parents are financially unable to be fulltime parents; therefore, children are entered into daycare programs.
Since time began, traditional family roles have placed the bulk of child rearing on the mothers and the bulk of the financial responsibility on the fathers. The 1960s proved to be an empowering time in the lives of women with the passing of the Equal Pay Act by Congress in 1963 that promised comparable wages for the same work regardless of race, religion or sex of the worker and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act passed in 1964 that prohibited discrimination on the basis of race, religion, or sex.