child care

By design, the revising of the NAFCC Accreditation Standards is a six-step process that engages scholars, researchers, NAFCC staff and volunteers, and NAFCC Accredited Providers.

Now, we need your help. Please review the current standards and the proposed revised standards, so that you can see the changes. Then, complete a brief survey and tell us what you think.

The deadline for final comments is January, 31, 2023.


Review the Revised Quality Standard document, then use the survey below to provide feedback directly to NAFCC and the NAFCC Accreditation Council. You will complete one survey for each Quality Standard for a total of five (5) opportunities to provide feedback. Feedback must be received by 11:59EST on Tuesday, January 31st.

Proposed Quality Standards


Relationships, Interactions and Guidance includes, but is not limited to:

  • Nurturing and positive interactions;
  • Supporting children’s emotional development and self-regulation;
  • Social-emotional climate; and
  • Family and community engagement.

The Environment

Learning Environments and Curriculum includes but not limited to:

  • Curriculum and curriculum planning;
  • Language and literacy, mathematics, science, technology, engineering, the arts, social studies;
  • Culture, diversity, and equity inclusiveness;
  • Dual language learners;
  • Space, materials, activities and transitions; and
  • Schedules and routines.

Learning Activities

Child Growth and Development includes, but not limited to:

  • Physical, social, emotional, cognitive, and language development; le
  • How these interact with one another;
  • Facilitating child growth and development; and
  • Approaches to learning.

Safety & Health

Health, Safety and Nutrition includes, but it not limited to:

  • Injury prevention
  • Minimizing disease
  • Allergies, tolerances, and dietary restrictions
  • Emergency preparedness
  • Physical activity
  • Supervision

Professional & Business Practices

Professional and Business Practices includes, but it not limited to:

  • Professional development
  • Professional conduct and ethics
  • Leadership and advocacy
  • Administration using technology