Accreditation is a great way to assess the quality of a child care program. Accredited programs have to meet higher standards than licensing rules. The program must offer the kind of care, attention and educational activities parents look for in high-quality child care programs. It must offer activities and experiences that will aid in a child's growth and development, and that will help them prepare for school.


Any child care program can get accredited. Child care centers, family child care homes, and after school programs all have different organizations that conduct the accreditation process. 


National Association of the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)


National Association of Family Child Care (NAFCC)


Afterschool Works