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Program Accreditations

Programs earn accreditation through a number of national organizations

Like a Parent Aware Rating, being accredited demonstrates a program’s commitment to providing quality care and education for children.


Parent Aware Ratings help families identify child care and early education programs that are going beyond health and safety standards to prepare children for school and life.

Accreditations offer families an additional way to find quality programs. Similar to the Parent Aware Rating process, programs volunteer for an assessment to earn an accreditation. They must demonstrate that they meet an accrediting organization’s standards and are contributing positively to the growth and development of the children in their care.

Accredited programs are strongly encouraged to apply for a Parent Aware Rating. They are able to go through a streamlined Rating process because requirements for accreditation mirror or exceed those for a Parent Aware Rating.

A number of national organizations offer accreditation. Those recognized by Parent Aware include:

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