Accreditation Makes a Difference

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You can have confidence that your child receives the best care and education possible at KinderCare Learning Centers.

Many of our child care centers are accredited by national organizations that require us to meet rigorous early childhood education standards and guidelines for high-quality care. Pursuing accreditation is a voluntary, ongoing commitment that can take up to 2 years to complete. It is a process of intensive self-study and improvement. Accreditation is a mark of distinction that helps you find the best possible educational experience for your child.

Programs that are accredited 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 health, safety, administration and teacher qualifications, curriculum, communication and community involvement. To maintain their certification, our accredited centers must continually exceed high national child care standards.

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.

Is My Center Accredited?

Each center has the option to pursue accreditation or pursue the state’s quality rating system based on the right fit for their local community.

We are proud that the curriculum at all KinderCare Learning Centers reflects commitment to quality education based on evolving national accreditation requirements and backed by decades of experience as a leader in early childhood education.

By seeking accreditation for many of our centers, you can trust that KinderCare strives to give your family the very best experience.

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


Who Oversees Accreditation?

KinderCare Learning Centers are able to pursue national accreditation from one of the three National Early Childhood Accreditation Organizations. 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:


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

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