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Early Childhood Accreditation

What is accreditation?

Accreditation has long been recognized as a standard of a high-quality early childhood program. After all, to become accredited is no easy feat. Typically, it takes 2 or more years before a program can reach full accreditation with their desired organization. However, it can be worth it because the goal of accreditation is continuous improvement, better wages, and national recognition.

What organizations provide accreditation?

For early childhood programs, there are several nationally recognized accreditation entities. Support and technical assistance from the accrediting body may be available. The following list is not comprehensive:

What does it take?

Accreditation typically covers several areas of competencies which ensures well-rounded programs. A thorough evaluation of the applicant program can include topics such as relationships with children, curriculum, teaching approaches, safety and health, environment, and program leadership and management. The rigorous process requires applicant programs invest time, effort, and money to achieve the high standard of quality in each area.

Need some help?

If you are interested in taking the next step, there is help available. Kansas has a few resources for those programs who are desiring to work toward accreditation. Support programs may be limited in their availability.

Links to Quality

Can scaffold quality improvement toward accreditation as desired.


Time-limited funding and a peer cohort to support accreditation.