Overview of Accreditation

Accreditation is the voluntary, ongoing process of self-evaluation and  improvement. Accreditation requires a commitment to accountability,  compliance, self-evaluation, and peer review. 


Accreditation Overview

Accreditation Timeline

The  timeline for accreditation may vary somewhat between organizations. The  bulk of the time will be in developing or completing the Self Study  Evaluation. See Accreditation Timeline 

Benefits of Accreditation

The greatest benefit of Green Apple Accreditation is QUALITY. Every provider should aspire to self-improvement and could benefit from the wisdom gained from peer review. Green Apple validators are experts with numerous years of experience in the field and knowledge of best practices.

In addition to an increase in QUALITY, Green Apple Accreditation means:

a. Higher reimbursement rates for subsidized care, 

b. National and State recognition, AND

c. Is required in some states for participation in funding programs. 

Costs to Expect

The costs to expect include:                                                                                                                         

  • Application Fees
  • On-Site Visit Inspection
  • Travel Expenses

Fee Schedule


Accreditation Standards

Accreditation Standards are provided FREE of charge. To access the accreditation standards login to the My GAACS Account. To request access to the My GAACS Account, click here

Step by Step Process

The Accreditation Process Includes:                                                                                                           

  • Application
  • Self Study
  • On-Site Visit
  • Final Determination
  • Continual Accreditation
  • Re-accreditation

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Accreditation and Co-Accreditation (IGAA)

International Green Apple Accreditation is the premier accrediting agency for Child Care and Early Learning Programs, After School Programs, and K-12 Grade Schools. IGAA & GAACS  are dedicated to helping schools fulfill their missions. Starting as a  family owned and operated accrediting agency, we have grown in scope,  allowing us to better provide for schools from around the United States,  the Caribbean Islands, and the world.


We understand the purpose of ACCREDITATION is to promote, motivate, and ensure QUALITY not make life difficult. That is why we do what we do and we do it well. When it comes to quality assurance and best practices, International Green Apple Accreditation is the agency to call on..