Maryland EXCELS Toolkit  

Accreditation Reflection and Planning Form

Quality child care and early education are delivered in quality environments. Accreditation demonstrates that a program meets quality standards set by a local or national organization. The accreditation process validates that a program uses quality processes and procedures in delivering care and educating children.

Maryland EXCELS supports programs as they progress through the accreditation process and work to achieve significant milestones.

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This section explains the requirements for Accreditation and Rating Scales: Accreditation: ACR 1.2.

NOTE: If your program is accredited, no further action or documentation is required for ACR 1.2.

Select the Requirements tab to learn about the documentation to submit based on your program type.

Requirements

Let's look at the requirements for Accreditation and Rating Scales: Accreditation: ACR 1.2. Key requirements are marked by a bright dot. Select each dot for information about the documentation you need to submit to meet the requirements.

Select the option that applies to your program type:

 

  Child Care Center

  Family Child Care
ACR 1.2: Accreditation Within the past 12 months, the provider has completed MSDE approved Accreditation Training. Documentation to submit: Accreditation Reflection and Planning Form

  School-Age Only

 

Instructions

There are two requirements for Accreditation and Rating Scales: Accreditation: ACR 1.2:

  • Complete an accreditation overview training
  • Upload a completed Accreditation Reflection and Planning Form that documents your participation and reflection on the training.

Reminder: If your program is accredited, no further action or documentation is needed for ACR 1.2.






MSDE Approved Accreditation Training

Gathering accurate information is an essential component to making an informed decision about accreditation. The Accreditation Training provides an overview of the process involved in becoming accredited. To meet the requirements for Accreditation and Rating Scales: Accreditation: ACR 1.2, complete the accreditation training and submit a completed Accreditation Reflection and Planning Form.

Accreditation Training is available either online or in person. A free online Accreditation Training explains the basic accreditation process and is linked directly to the Maryland EXCELS System.

 

What does the documentation look like?

You completed the accreditation overview training and your reflection and planning form.

 

How can you tell if you're on the right track?

You are on the right track if:

  • You completed an MSDE approved accreditation training, either online or in person
  • You reflected on your training and the overall accreditation process and completed the Accreditation Reflection and Planning Form in its entirety
 

Where can you learn more?

Accrediting agencies may also provide training about their accreditation processes. These trainings are considered approved training for meeting accreditation requirements.

  MD EXCELS Accreditation

Maryland EXCELS Accreditation

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After viewing the video or attending an accreditation training offered by an accrediting agency, complete your Accreditation Reflection and Planning Form.

  Accreditation Reflection and Planning Form

Accreditation Reflection and Planning Form

Accreditation Reflection and Planning Form

Are you looking for general information about Maryland’s Accreditation process? Interested in becoming accredited but concerned about the costs involved in the process? Visit MSDE’s Accreditation website to find specific information for family providers, child care centers, and school-age programs. Financial assistance information is also available.

  Maryland Accreditation

Early Childhood Development

Maryland Accreditation is a process in which programs commit to continuous quality improvement, to benefit children, families and staff. NEW!! Revised Accreditation Standards effective July 1, 2016! We are very pleased to announce the revised Accreditation Standards are finalized and ready for implementation.

Final Touches

Check your Accreditation Reflection and Planning Form one more time as you prepare to upload it to the Maryland EXCELS System.

 

Check to be sure your Accreditation Reflection and Planning Form includes:

 
 
 

Save your document:

  • Use a file name that you can find easily when you upload it to the system. (example: accreditation-reflection-form.docx)
  • Use any one of these formats:
    • Typed electronic version of your Accreditation Reflection and Planning Form (examples: Microsoft Word, PDF)
    • Scanned version of your Accreditation Reflection and Planning Form (examples: PDF, PNG, JPG)

Next Steps

Use the following guide to upload your documentation, look ahead, and think about a plan for ongoing improvement.

 

Step 1: Prepare to Upload Documents

  • Locate your username and password for logging into your Maryland EXCELS account
  • Locate the document you saved on the computer
 

Step 2: Look Ahead and Plan for Improvement

Look Ahead

Conducting an interview with someone who successfully completed the accreditation process meets the requirements for Accreditation and Rating Scales: Accreditation: ACR 1.3. Tapping into the experience of others gives you insight into the process and helps you become accredited, too!

Plan for Improvement

If you know someone who earned accreditation, set a goal to contact her / him to set up an interview. If you need contact information for someone, ask your Program Coordinator or Quality Assurance Specialist for assistance.

 

Step 3: Upload Your Documentation (ACR 1.2)

Log in to the Maryland EXCELS System to upload your completed Accreditation Reflection and Planning Form.

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