Licensing and Accreditation

What is Childcare Licensing and Accreditation?

Licensing for childcare providers establishes various regulations for the care and safety of children in the care of others. It also ensures the maintenance of these regulations and enforces each facility’s compliance with them. Each state has its own licensing requirements, so it is recommended that you check with your own state to learn what regulations and requirements exist in your state. Although requires all of its new listings to provide their state license number, It is still important that you verify the good standing of any provider you are considering for the care of your child with your state childcare licensing department. It is your responsibility as well as you right to screen and verify any individual who will be placed in the position of caring for your child.

Accreditation is the granting of approval by an official association created for the purpose of promoting and maintaining high standards in early childhood education to childcare programs who have met certain specific requirements outlined by that association.

The three national childcare accrediting bodies for which lists accredited programs are the NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children), the NAC (National Accreditation Commission For Early Care and Education Programs, facilitated by the National Association of Child Care Professionals) and the NAFCC (National Association for Family Child Care).