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Early Childhood Program Accreditation

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Childhood Program Accreditation

3 hours / .3 CEU

Tuition: $31.50

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In-Service Training Course Code:  ECE 0303

CDA Competency: Commitment to Professionalism [3 hours / .3 CEU]

Washington STARS Credit: Administration [3 hours]

Washington Core Competency: Content Area 8: Professional Development and Leadership  [3 hours]

  > Early Care & Education Professionals [3 hours] 

Oregon Core Body of Knowledge: Personal, Professional & Leadership Development [3 hours]

Training Type: Annual Continuing Education

Training Delivery Method: Online

Cost: Fixed

Session Length: 3 Hours

Amount: $31.50

Session Level: 2

Participants will have an opportunity to interact with the trainer/instructor: The student is encouraged to contact the trainer and other student support staff by email, Live Chat, phone for support and resources. Student support hours are 8 am until 9 pm, 7 days a week. Student forum and assignments provide the student with opportunities to share experiences, to engage with the trainer and other students, and to reflect on what they have learned. 

Audiences the training applies to: 

  • Administrators
  • Child Care Center

Language(s) used in training: English

Content Focus Group:

  • Staff
  • Administrators

Training Methods:

  • Audio-video with facilitation
  • Independent study with supervision

Description of Training Session:  

Accreditation is a process used to identify quality early childhood programs. The accreditation process is accomplished through a nationally recognized accreditation organization and adheres to specific regulations.

This course discusses the accreditation process, accrediting organizations, and the benefits early childhood programs may expect from becoming accredited. It also discusses the impacts and effects accreditation and Quality Rating Systems (QRS) have on early childhood programs, youth and future development, and the communities in which we live.

 Learning Objectives:

  • RECALL the definition of accreditation.
  • RECALL the purpose of accreditation in early childhood programs.
  • IDENTIFY national accreditation organizations and their roles in early childhood programs.
  • IDENTIFY common goals of early childhood program accrediting organizations.
  • IDENTIFY common early childhood accreditation standards.
  • IDENTIFY common steps in the early childhood education accreditation process.
  • IDENTIFY mistakes to avoid during the accreditation process.
  • IDENTIFY benefits of early childhood program accreditation to children, parents, child care professionals, and communities.
  • RECALL the value of accreditation.
  • RECALL the definition of Quality Rating Systems.
  • RECALL the purpose of Quality Rating Systems.
  • IDENTIFY goals of Quality Rating Systems.


  • Introduction
  • What is Accreditation?
  • Early Childhood Program Accrediting Organizations
  • Accreditation Standards and Processes
  • Benefits of Accreditation
  • What are Quality Rating Systems?
  • Summary
  • End of Lesson Test

This is a self-paced course that and can be saved and resumed during any point. Assessment question and answer sessions during the course monitor the students’ progress, and support the student’s progression, and learning objectives. There is a test at the end of each course. The questions on the test are completely based on the materials covered in the specific course. The student must get 70% or better to pass the test. If 70% is not achieved, then the training system automatically takes the student back through the course to review the materials that were missed on the test. The student is then returned to the test to try again for a second attempt if needed. 







CEU courses provided by Successful Solutions Professional Development LLC are offered in partnership with Smart Horizons, and  can be applied toward the educational requirements of a National CDA Credential or CDA Renewal as required by the Council for Professional Recognition.

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12) Washington students must submit an evaluation form with a valid STARS ID number upon completion of the course and a certificate will be emailed to you. Certificates are prepared throughout the day, 7 days a week.

13) Completed courses are recorded in MERIT Monday through Friday, throughout the day continuously, between 8 am and 3 PM. If you complete your training in the evening or over the weekend, it will be recorded on the next business day during those hours.

14) During the last two weeks of December, expect longer processing times for enrollment and certificates due to the high volume enrollments and completed trainings during the year end rush. We recommend enrolling and completing your training prior to the end of December whenever possible.

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