APPLE (Accredited Professional Preschool Learning Environment) is a national early learning program accreditation. We have been through accreditation three times; 2002, 2006 and 2011. (Reaccreditation lasts five years.)
Gold Seal Child Care Center
In 1996, the Florida Legislature established the Gold Seal Quality Care program to acknowledge child care facilities and family day care homes that are accredited by nationally recognized agencies and whose standards reflect quality in the level of care and supervision provided to children. In addition, the Legislature established provisions for Gold Seal providers participating in the subsidized child care program, a.k.a. school readiness and early Learning, to receive a higher reimbursement per child, than providers not receiving a Gold Seal designation.
Four Star Rating
Why Little Britches participates in Guiding Stars of Duval?
- Guiding Stars of Duval is the quality rating improvement system for Jacksonville.
- Parents and family members can use it to help choose quality early learning care for their children (birth to 5).
- Child care providers can use it to improve the quality of early learning care they offer.Why is choosing quality child care so important?
Children who attend high quality child care programs are better prepared for school, have higher achievements in math and reading, are less likely to be retained, and more likely to graduate and attend a 4 year college or university.(National Institute of Child Health & Human Development, 1998; Reynolds, 1999; Campbell, 1999
FACCM is a professional organization of providers dedicated to ensuring quality in the early learning industry through advocacy, education, and accreditation. Membership in The Florida Association for Child Care Management (FACCM) is open to early care and learning providers, childcare centers, preschools, and early childhood advocates.