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What is Accreditation
Achieving accreditation is a four-step process that involves reflection of one’s program quality to identify program alignment and needed quality improvement. Directors and program stakeholders such as teachers, families, and supporting community members all participate in the process. Programs are required to meet standards grouped into 5 areas identified as high-quality practices by The National Association for Family Child Care Childcare for family child care programs, and into 10 areas identified by the National Association for the Education of Young Children for group child care programs. While the quality standards do not change from program to program, the accreditation process looks different for each program.
Benefits of Becoming Accredited
- Benefits of Becoming Accredited *Infographic or flyer
- Automatic YoungStar rating – 4 or 5 star for family child care for 3 years; 5 star for group child care for 5 years
- Continually Learning – access to latest research that support best practices
- Better Pay – Increase WI shares subsidy
- Nationally Recognized – join a community invested to ensuing high quality learning opportunities for children everywhere
- Increase accessible high quality in Milwaukee
- Help parents recognize and chose high quality care
What is the MKE Accreditation Facilitation Project?
The Milwaukee Accreditation Facilitation Project was developed by 4C For Children and Milwaukee Succeeds to support a cohort of family and center-based providers through the accreditation process using coaching, technical assistance, and financial supports. The Accreditation Facilitation Project seeks to provider this support with the goal of the programs successfully assist
How the Accreditation Facilitation Project Intends to Support Programs Dedicated to Pursuing Accreditation
The mission of the MKE Accreditation Facilitation Project is to support programs who are dedicated to providing high quality care to the children, families and community they serve. The AFP provides financial support to assist with accreditation fees, and associating cost. The Accreditation Facilitation Project also providers each participating program with an AFP coach, whose role is to support programs with navigating the stages of pursuing accreditation. Leading up to the final stage of preparing each program for an accreditation site visit. By providing both individualized and group focused support, and access to resources and other supports.
The Accreditation Facilitation Project Eligibility Requirements
- Center-or school-based. The program facility may not serve as the residence of any person associated with the program unless approves as a center or school by the program’s licensing or regulatory body.
- Serving children between the ages 0-8 years old *infants, toddlers/twos, preschoolers, kindergartens and/or before and after school care *Family Childcare – Provide care to at least 3 children in a home environment – at least one child must not reside the provider’s home
- Be located in one of the targeted zip codes identified by 4C For Children and Milwaukee Succeeds 53204, 53206, 53210, 53215, 53218
- Be regulated/licensed by The Department of Children and Families and in compliance
- Be willing to meet and demonstrate they consistently meet each of the for Family Childcare Programs or for Group Family Childcare