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Accreditation and Quality Rating and Improvement Systems


January 2011

How states recognize accreditation varies greatly from state to state. As of September 2011, 18 states recognized accreditation standards in some form within their QRIS standards and are more widely utilized than Head Start Program Performance Standards or state early childhood/K-12 performance standards.

For some states accreditation acts as an indicator for the highest level within the standards and in other states points are earned toward the overall rating. The most commonly accepted accrediting bodies accepted include: NAEYC, NAFCC, NECPA, NAA and COA. This brief, Accreditation and Quality Rating and Improvement Systems, provides information on how states have integrated accreditation into their quality rating and improvement systems.