What Does Quality Look Like?


It is important for programs to be licensed or regulated in order to ensure minimum health and safety standards are consistently being met.  Programs can voluntarily go beyond the minimum licensing standards and pursue accreditation.  Accreditation standards often exceed licensing requirements.  Accreditation standards are developed by nationally recognized organizations in the early care field.  Programs that become accredited commit to meeting standards related to the following areas:

  • Family Engagement and Support
  • Health and Safety
  • Leadership and Management
  • Learning Environments
  • Workforce Qualifications and Professional Development





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