Ladybug Child Care Center is Accredited by the NECPA
Ladybug Child Care Centers have been accredited by the National Early Childhood Program Accreditation (NECPA). Accreditation is awarded to deserving, high-quality programs that have chosen to set themselves apart from the rest. The following are some frequently asked questions about accreditation:
What is the National Early Childhood Program Accreditation (NECPA) and what is NECPA accreditation?
Conceived by the National Child Care Association, the National Early Childhood Program Accreditation (NECPA) has worked to raise the quality of early childhood programs for children and families.
What are the standards for NECPA Accreditation?
The NECPA Academy sets and monitors standards for high-quality early childhood education programs and accredits programs that meet these standards. The standards are in the following areas:
- Teacher Qualifications
- Health Protection and Promotion
- Infants and Toddlers
- Activities for Healthy Development
- School Building, Supplies, Equipment and Transportation
- Staff and Child Interactions and Care
- Curriculum and Development
- Staff-Parent-Community Partnerships
- Physical Environment and Program Evaluation
- Health and Safety
- Program Administration and Staff Relations
- Future Development
- Management, teaching staff, and families evaluate the program prior to the review by the NECPA assessor, and this process can take up to a year to complete.
Why should we choose a program that has achieved NECPA accreditation?
- NECPA accreditation fosters environments in which children are nurtured, have the opportunity to grow and develop in a safe and healthy atmosphere of care and acceptance.
- NECPA accreditation fosters environments that families are supported.
- NECPA accreditation standards are based on the latest research in early childhood education and child development.
- NECPA certifies that Ladybug meets accepted standards of excellence.
- NECPA accredited programs are reviewed annually to ensure the quality standards are maintained.
Is there a difference between licensing and accreditation?
A license is required to legally operate a child care center in Minnesota. Ladybug Child Care Centers hold a license to operate from the Minnesota Department of Human Services. NECPA accreditation is a voluntary system in which programs measure themselves against rigorous standards. Ladybug has been evaluated by an assessor assigned by the NECPA, and accreditation was determined by a national commission appointed for this purpose. Ladybug is licensed by the state of Minnesota and accredited by the NECPA.
For additional information on NECPA accreditation, please visit necpa.net