National Accreditation Commission for Early Care and Education Programs
National Accreditation Commission Faith-Based Component
The faith-based component of Accreditation is a response to the many weekday programs seeking to extend their ministry and/or to strengthen the relationship with a sponsoring organization of faith.
The faith-based addendum by itself is not a complete accreditation document. The National Accreditation Commission Self-Study materials and standards are needed to complete the picture of quality programming and professional management. Embedded in the National Accreditation Commission faith-based self-study component are truths identified in documents of faith and later confirmed by researchers as to how children grow and learn. The faith-based component adds to this understanding by demonstrating:
- Application of positive early childhood practices in the spiritual development of children.
- Development of a partnership between the weekday program and the sponsoring organization.
Options for using the National Accreditation Commission faith-based component include:
1. National Association Commission Accreditation with recognition of the faith-based component. Program meets self-study standards and the faith-based component standards.
2. National Accreditation Commission Accreditation. Program meets self-study standards. Program continues to work on standards in faith-based addendum and can pursue faith-based recognition when seeking re-accreditation.
3. No official recognition. Program can choose to work on the faith-based standards only for purposes of program improvement.
1. Self Study
Administrators, staff, and parents evaluate the program in accordance with National Accreditation Commission Accreditation Standards including the faith-based component, identifying strengths and areas for improvement. The program rates the standards when improvements are made and standards are fully met.
Trained Validators with faith-based experience conduct onsite observations and verify information provided by the program, parents, and staff surveys. The Validator’s responsibility is to report to the National Accreditation Commission what is observed in the program on the day of the validation visit. The validator will observe at least 75% of the classrooms, check required documents, interview staff as needed and meet with the onsite Director for an Exit Interview.
3. Commission Review
Accreditation decisions are made under the guidance of National Accreditation Commissioners. Decisions are based on careful study of the materials submitted by the validator, which includes director comments obtained during the Exit Interview. A decision to award, defer, or deny accreditation is made in approximately twelve weeks from the date of the Validation Visit.