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The National Early Childhood Program Accreditation (NECPA)

NECPA Child Care EducationIn 1991, the National Early Childhood Program Accreditation (NECPA) was formed to encourage quality and identify excellence in early childhood programs throughout the United States and other countries. The NECPA Standards gauges quality in the areas such as adult/child interaction, the health and safety of the physical setting, staff framing, and the relationships between the administration, the parents, and the community.

The NECPA Self-Study Process

Most programs, when they go through the accreditation process for the first time, will need about one year to complete all of the steps. However, the self-study process allows you to work at your own pace. Once all documents have been collected, and the self-assessment tool is complete, then the program is then ready to request a verification visit.  A NECPA Verified will come and visit your program on the day of your visit and will observe teacher interactions, validate documents, and examine the center.  If programs include classroom and activities for school-age children to 12-years of age, then the NECPA Verifier will also have to inspect their class and activities on the same visit.


One of the essential aspects of the NECPA Accreditation process is self-assessment.  This is because parents, staff, in addition to management, all work together to achieve high-quality Child Care and education.

The content in the Self-Assessment instrument relates to 29 key indicators.  The statistical strength of the tool allows compliance with the key indicators to determine the complete quality of a program. The length of time that’s needed from the beginning to the end of the accreditation process will be contingent on several factors:

  • How fast you get started, and whether you and your staff are able to get through the process without any interruptions
  • How closely your program is already in meeting the NECPA Standards
  • How much turnover you have in staff at your facility

To begin the enrollment process for your center, click the link below.

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Frequently asked questions about the accreditation

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