City of Madison Accreditation


Madison Child Care Program

The main goal of the Madison Child Care Program is to support and promote high quality child care and early education for children and families in the City of Madison.

To accomplish this, the City established a voluntary Accreditation process based on a set of quality standards. The Standards are designed to promote the optimal development of the child. These Standards go far beyond the mandatory licensing regulations that enforce basic requirements to protect the health and safety of children. The Child Care Center Accreditation Standards are used in Madison Accredited early care and education programs such as day care centers, preschools, and Head Start programs, as well as school-age child care programs (after-school and summer day camps).

To become accredited centers and family child care homes go through a thorough review process. The Madison Accreditation Program evaluates:

•The kind and quality of attention children receive from adults

•The activities, environment, and materials offered to children

•The language and learning experiences provided

•The communication with families

•The health practices

•The administrative practices

The Madison Accreditation Program offers training and consultation services to help child care programs and providers meet the City Accreditation Standards.

City of Madison Child Care Accreditation Standards:  Standards Revision

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