Skip to main content
California Department of Education Logo

Child Care Reporting--Accreditation

Accreditation Status


The Accreditation Status is the level of quality whereby the service provider demonstrates the capacity, commitment and competence to support high-quality learning and ongoing program improvement.

Accreditation is another way to judge the quality of a child care program. Any child care program can get accredited. Child care centers, family child care homes, school-age child care programs and after school programs may apply for and receive national accreditation from a variety of different accrediting associations. The accreditation guidelines vary but are generally higher than those required by local or state regulations and licensing. Each accrediting process includes a self-study, an application (and fees), a validation visit to verify information, and yearly certification through written documentation. Upon receiving official accreditation, the provider receives a certificate that verifies status. For more information, a list of accrediting associations and their website addresses has been provided below:

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) External link opens in new window or tab.

National Accreditation Commission (NAC) External link opens in new window or tab.

National Early Childhood Program Accreditation (NECPA) External link opens in new window or tab.

National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC) External link opens in new window or tab.

American Camp Association (ACA) External link opens in new window or tab.

Note: The above list is an example of some of the child care accrediting associations. Agencies are responsible for obtaining information regarding accreditation options and resources available to them.

Where to Find It

For agencies operating center-based programs (includes General Child Care and Development, Family Child Care Home Education Networks, General Migrant, Handicapped, and California State Preschool programs), contact the Program Director to determine whether your agency is accredited by an accrediting association. For agencies operating alternative payment programs (includes Alternative Payment, CalWORKs Stage 2 and 3, and Migrant Alternative Payment programs), contact the service provider to determine if they are accredited. Documentation of accreditation is typically provided in the form of an accreditation certificate provided by the accrediting association. If the agency or service provider is not accredited by an accrediting association, the information is still required.

Rules and Guidelines

This information is required.

Indicate the Accreditation Status based on the choices below:

0 – No
1 - Yes. National Accreditation
2 - Yes. State Accreditation
3 – Yes. Other Accreditation (not National or State Level)
4 – Yes. Level/Type of Accreditation Unavailable
9 – NA. Information Currently Unavailable.

Error Messages and Solutions

The Accreditation Status is required. [801A File Transfer], [801A Web Input], [801B]

The information on the Accreditation status is missing.


Confirm that you have entered one of the choices from the "Rule and Guidelines" listed above.

"Accreditation Status" must a valid one digit accreditation code: 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, or 9. [801A File Transfer]

The Accreditation Status in the transfer file is not one of the valid choices listed under the Rules and Guidelines.


Confirm that the file contains one of the codes listed above.

FAQs About Accreditation Status

Question 1

My site where all our children receive services is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. How do I report this in my electronic file?


Since the National Association for the Education of Young Children is a national accreditation association, you would enter a "1" in the appropriate field within your electronic file to indicate the site is nationally accredited.

Question 2

How do I know if our agency has been accredited?


Each accrediting association will provide each agency a certificate that verifies status upon receiving official accreditation. 

Questions:   CDMIS Staff | | 916-445-1907
Last Reviewed: Thursday, August 4, 2016
Recently Posted in Child Development
  • AAV of Exhibits 3.18 and 3.26 (added 17-Oct-2016)
    Accessible alternative version (AAV) of Exhibits 3.18 and 3.26 in the evaluation report of the RTT-ELC QRIS.
  • Minimum Wage Increase Task Force Meeting Agenda (added 11-Oct-2016)
    Agenda for the October 24, 2016 meeting arranged by the State Advisory Council regarding the Minimum Wage Increase.
  • SAC Meeting Dates and Locations (updated 11-Oct-2016)
    Proposed dates and locations of future meetings for the State Advisory Council on Early Learning and Care (SAC).
  • Management Bulletin 16-16 (added 11-Oct-2016)
    Management Bulletins issued by the Early Education and Support Division to clarify regulations and statutes.
  • Management Bulletin 16-11 (added 05-Oct-2016)
    Management Bulletin 16-11 is in regard to a Standard Reimbursement Rate Increase for Fiscal Year 2016-17.

  • Management Bulletin 16-10 (added 05-Oct-2016)
    Management Bulletins issued by the Early Education and Support Division to clarify regulations and statutes.
  • RTT-ELC Evaluation Brief (PDF) (added 20-Sep-2016)
    Brief summary of the evaluation report for the Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS).
  • Management Bulletin 16-12 (added 16-Sep-2016)
    This page contains information on Management Bulletin 16-12.
  • LPC County Priorities (XLS) (added 09-Sep-2016)
    LPC County Priorities for CCTR and CSPP contract types for child development programs.
  • Child Counts by program for Oct 2015 and Apr 2016 (XLS) (added 07-Sep-2016)
    This report contains information on the average number of children served in October 2015 and April 2016 by program and age.