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Enroll in Self-Study

The first step to becoming accredited through the National Accreditation Commission for Early Care and Education Programs is to enroll in Self-Study. Along with the Self-Study Application, a copy of the program’s current operating license and a copy of the latest licensing inspection report must be submitted to [email protected] as part of the application process.

Complete the online Self-Study enrollment below by choosing the fee that matches your Licensed Capacity (not Enrollment), and completing the application. You will also need to submit a copy of your operating license and a copy of your latest licensing inspection report. You can also download the Self-Study Enrollment Form directly to your computer and submit the form and documentation by email to [email protected] Programs can pay using a credit card or by e-check/invoice.

The Accreditation Manual will be sent within two weeks of receipt of full payment, application, and licensing documentation.

The Self-Study is effective for two years from the date of enrollment. Programs must submit the Request for Validation Visit and all required support documents/materials prior to the expiration of the Self-Study.

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Beginning 6/1/2020, the National Accreditation Commission will resume conducting validation visits. The Accreditation Office will work with individual programs to determine the impact of local restrictions on a potential visit. The safety of program families and staff and National Accreditation Commission validators is of the utmost importance and at the heart of all decisions made during the ongoing public health crisis. Please direct any questions and concerns to Erin Schmidt, Director of Accreditation, at [email protected]. Please monitor this website for further developments and updates. From the Accreditation Team to your team, stay safe and be well.


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