After a site visit is complete, the evidence gathered by the accreditation agency's Validator(s) during the site visit is submitted to Accreditation of Early Learning and Care Services and then forwarded for moderation. Based on the Validator and Moderator documents and recommendations, the accreditation agency will grant or deny accreditation. This process, from the date of a site visit to the date of decision requires four to eight weeks.

Note: The date when a program officially becomes accredited or denied is determined by the accreditation decision and not the date of the site visit.

The Evaluation and Scoring Framework sets out the evaluation process that is used by the accrediting agency  as a result of on-site assessments to determine the accreditation status of participating child care programs.

 

Decision to Accredit

If the accreditation decision is to grant a program accreditation status, a congratulatory letter is sent to the program and an accreditation certificate is issued.  An Accreditation Report is provided to all successful programs. This report will outline areas of strength and areas for improvement.  Programs are invited to share the Accreditation Report with their child care professionals, families, and community.

Decision to Deny Accreditation Status

If the accreditation decision is to deny a program accreditation status, the accreditation agency will inform the program of such decision in writing. The program will be informed of areas requiring improvement.  Programs are invited to share the Accreditation Report with their child care professionals, families, and community.