Once a center has achieved Accredited Member, they enter the maintenance phase of accreditation and embark on a six (6) year cycle. Each year of the cycle is marked with a review of the center’s dashboard and portfolio. Over the course of the six years, all aspects of the center’s program, curriculum, and operations will be assessed. In addition to a pre-determined focus of review for each year of the cycle, reviewers may seek additional information about the center and its programs.
Years of the Cycle
- Year 1, Year 2, Year 4, Year 5
In each of these years, centers will have a review of their Dashboard and a Focused Portfolio Review. These reviews are conducted by volunteer committee members, with reports submitted to the Accreditation Commission. The Focused Portfolio Review is a review of a particular component of the center’s portfolio. The Accreditation Commission will determine on an annual basis which Portfolio components will be examined in a given year. The Commission shall provide centers with a minimum of six months notice of the focus of the next year’s review. Please note that although only a portion of the portfolio will be officially reviewed, the entire portfolio must be available to the Accreditation Commission at any time.
- Year 3 – Mid-Cycle
Consists of a Comprehensive Portfolio Review and a one person, peer site visit. The purpose of the peer site visit is to offer collegial and collaborative consultation on aspects of the center’s program, but with a focus on its accreditation materials in the center’s portfolio. Peer site visitors are trained, local volunteers who are assigned by the Accreditation Commissioner, with input from the center. The site visitor will document their visit for the center and this will become a part of the center’s portfolio.
- Year 6
The final year of the accreditation cycle consists of a self-study completed by the center, a comprehensive portfolio review, and a three member visit. National Site Team chairs and site team members are trained and selected by the Accreditation Commission. Upon completion of the review, the site team sends its initial report to the center, whereupon the center responds. The site team then sends its final report to the Accreditation Commission for review. After reviewing the site team’s final report, the Accreditation Commission will take action. See 6 year Site Visit Plan for more information.