Gold Seal Accreditation

Gold Seal Accreditation

In 1996, the Florida Legislature established the Gold Seal Quality Care program to acknowledge child-care facilities and family day care homes that are accredited by nationally recognized agencies and whose standards reflect quality in the level of care and supervision provided to children. In addition, the Legislature established provisions for Gold Seal providers participating in the subsidized child-care program (a.k.a. school readiness and early learning) to receive a higher reimbursement per child than providers not receiving a Gold Seal designation.

Accreditation as a Gold Seal Quality Care program demonstrates a level of educational professionalism and commitment to quality standards that surpass the broad benchmarks of health and safety. These programs go beyond the required standards that all Child Care Facilities must comply with as they continue to pursue excellence. The NCPSA joins with the Child Care Program with an in-depth Self-Study program based on established national standards, combined with a detailed inspection process that will guide the center to meeting the high standards necessary to become a Gold Seal Quality Care program.

The NCPSA Gold Seal Accreditation Application Process:

Qualifications required to begin the Gold Seal Accreditation process:

If your institution meets one of the following criteria, you are qualified to begin the accreditation process, because the center or school has already passed a Level One health and safety inspection by the NCPSA Reviewer or DCF. These institutions can proceed to the application:

»School/center currently accredited with NCPSA

»ECE program holding a current state child-care licensure.

 

Private School that is not currently a member or accredited by NCPSA

Before a school/center can begin the Gold Seal Accreditation process, the school/center must become a recognized member school of NCPSA

Child Care Facility that does not currently hold a Religious Exemption Certificate with NCPSA or is not licensed through DCF:

»Before a Child Care Center can begin the Gold Seal Accreditation process, NCPSA must first verify that the program and facility meet the Level One Health and Safety standards. Even though the program may hold a Religious Exemption Certificate, compliance with the NCPSA standards must be verified by an on-site inspection.

All forms, including the Gold Seal Standards and applications, may be downloaded from the NCPSA Publications & Forms page.

Or click on the link: https://ncpsa.org/resources/publications/

 

NCPSA Gold Seal Forms:


All forms, including the Gold Seal Standards and applications, may be downloaded from the NCPSA Publications & Forms page.

Handbook For The Recognition of Early Childhood Education Programs and Schools

Click on the link: NCPSA CIECE Handbook 2019 Proposed FINAL

Infant and Early Childhood Education (IECE) Accreditation Program In-Compliance – Not In-Compliance Report

Click on the link: NCPSA IECE IC-NIC Form FINAL

NCPSA Gold Seal Application

Click on the link: https://ncpsa.org/gold-seal-application/

 

If you need additional information about becoming an NCPSA Gold Seal Quality Care Program provider, contact NCPSA at goldseal@ncpsa.org