Accreditation is the voluntary, ongoing process of self-evaluation and improvement. Accreditation requires a commitment to accountability, compliance, self-evaluation, and peer review.
SOME TIPS TO CONSIDER WHEN PURSUING NATIONAL ACCREDITATION:
In addition, to being a member of GAACS in good standing, the program must meet ONE of the following requirements:
a. The program must be licensed by the state licensing authority, or
b. The program must be license exempt approved by Green Apple Accreditation and in compliance with the Health and Safety Standards for License/Religious Exempt providers.
A new program may apply for accreditation once it has passed the final licensing inspection to open and the license has been approved. However, the program site must be operational and attended by children before accreditation may be granted.
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
The costs to expect include:
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.
The Accreditation Process Includes:
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.
Green Apple Accreditation of Children's Services (GAACS) does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, creed, disability, or national origin in the administration of its programs.
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