Many states, including New Jersey, maintain a set of basic rules and regulations for Licensed Child Care Centers and Registered Family Child Care Homes. These rules are monitored both by the State of New Jersey and local agencies, such as Child Care Resources.
Accreditation by an accrediting organization demonstrates that your child care program has obtained a higher level of quality than is required by licensing alone. To be accredited you will need to be licensed and in operation for at least one year. The accreditation process includes a self-assessment component, then the accrediting organization would observe the program, lastly, the child care program is evaluated. Once accredited, the accreditation is granted for three to five years, depending on the accrediting organization.
During the accreditation process, the program is evaluated on specific program standards, such as, health and safety, staff professional development, staff credentials, curriculum and relationships between staff and parents.
The advantages to obtaining accreditation for your child care program include:
All types of child care programs can become accredited. Each type of child care has their own accrediting organization. Below is a list of each organization and their website:
Child Care Resources can be of assistance in guiding you through your accreditation process by:
For more information these supports and other accreditation resources, please contact the Infant Toddler Coordinator, Dina Patel, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 732-918-9901, Ext. 133.