WE ARE AN ACCREDITED INSTITUTION
The Gold Seal Quality Care Program (Gold Seal) described in section 402.281, Florida Statutes, and Department rule recognizes child care facilities and family child care homes which comply with child care licensing requirements and which are accredited by an approved accrediting association with standards that reflect high-quality child care practices. The Department’s Gold Seal accreditation standards are based on standards of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC), and the National Early Childhood Program Accreditation Commission (NECPA). Organizations seeking approval to be Gold Seal accrediting associations must apply to the Department and satisfy criteria established in rule 65C-22.009 and 65C-20.014, Florida Administrative Code. This review process is the means through which the Department consults with the stakeholders identified in section 402.281, Florida Statutes, to evaluate applications to become an approved Gold Seal accrediting association.