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Accreditation Makes a Difference

You can have confidence that your child receives the best care and education possible at KinderCare Learning Centers. Our commitment to quality and accreditation is universal. We believe every child should experience excellence every day. That is why we have made the commitment as an organization to pursue and maintain accreditation at all of our centers.



What is Accreditation?

Accreditation is a vigorous third-party review by early childhood education experts that confirms that a center is providing children a safe, clean, and positive learning environment where they can grow, thrive, and develop. Accreditation verifies that our teachers continually create engaging learning experiences for every child using our world-class academic curriculum.


Accreditation involves an intensive, reflective process and can take up to 2 years to achieve. Maintaining accreditation is a commitment to ongoing self-study and improvement. Accreditation is a mark of distinction that helps you find the best possible educational experience for your child.


Accredited early childhood programs have demonstrated their commitment to go beyond the state’s minimum licensing requirements. When a center is awarded accreditation they are meeting very rigorous national standards in teaching strategies, curriculum, assessment of children’s learning, health and safety, developing relationships with families, community involvement, administration, and teacher qualifications. To maintain their accredited status, our accredited centers must continually demonstrate these high national standards in early childhood education and care.


KinderCare’s commitment to accreditation gives you assurance that every day is a positive, educational and worthwhile experience for your child. You can have confidence that your child receives the best care and education possible at KinderCare Learning Centers.


What if my center hasn’t achieved national accreditation yet?

The curriculum and programming at all KinderCare Learning Centers reflect our commitment to high-quality early childhood education and care. Our programs are grounded in current best practices in early childhood education, state early learning standards, and accreditation standards and are backed by decades of experience as a leader in early childhood education and care.


We know that children must be safe and healthy in order to learn and grow. That is why we are committed to the highest standards of safety and nutrition at all centers.


By seeking national accreditation for all of our centers, you can trust that KinderCare teachers strive to give your family the very best experience.


Feel free to discuss accreditation with your center director and find out if your center is nationally accredited and/or rated for quality by the state quality rating system.


Who Accredits Our Centers?

KinderCare Learning Centers pursue national accreditation from one of three national early childhood accreditation agencies:


National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
National Accreditation Commission for Early Care and Education Programs (NAC)
National Early Childhood Program Accreditation (NECPA)


Once a center has completed the entire accreditation self-study process, trained professionals from the accrediting agency conduct on-site visits to validate the center’s compliance with national early childhood education standards.


Contact your state's child care regulatory office, or visit the following accreditation organizations to learn more: