Why Accreditation Matters

Central Christian Academy is committed to providing only the best to children and their parents. That's why we ensure our preschool will meet the highest standards of childcare quality. Though accreditation is an involved and time-consuming process, we believe it offers important assurance to parents who are making one of the most important decisions in their children's lives. Accreditation is a mark of quality and helps parents find the best possible early childhood experience.

Programs that are accredited provide a safe and healthy environment for children, have teachers who are well trained, have access to excellent teaching materials, and work with curriculum that is appropriately challenging and developmentally sound. To maintain their accreditation, centers must voluntarily improve their offerings and adhere to high national childcare standards.

What's Involved?

Accreditation is given by several l organizations.  Each accrediting organization requires adherence to a specific set of child development standards. Programs undergo in-depth self-assessments, independent observation, and approval by professional experts. In general, accreditation evaluates the center's staff qualifications, parent communication, interactions, curriculum, health and safety, and administration.  CCA is STATE ACCREDITED BETTER BEGINNINGS LEVEL 3 PROGRAM! 

Accreditation and Better Beginnings 

A number of childcare organizations have established quality standards which go beyond a state's minimum licensing requirements. When a center becomes accredited, it has voluntarily decided to meet high national quality standards and has made a commitment to provide the kind of care, attention, and stimulating activities children require. Accreditation is optional, but we strongly believe it is of high value and importance to complete this process!  

Act 1268 of 1993, established a refundable credit for taxpayers who place their children or dependents in a facility that had a certified childcare program. The credit is equal to twenty percent (20%) of the Federal Child Care Credit. The Arkansas Early Childhood Credit differs from the Federal Child Care Credit because it is refundable and any excess of the credit over the tax liability can be returned as an overpayment. To be able to claim the Early Childhood Credit, a qualified individual must meet all the requirements for claiming the Federal Child Care Credit and have incurred child care expenses at an Arkansas licensed or registered facility that is certified at Better Beginnings level 2 or Better Beginnings level 3 by the Arkansas Department of Human Services, Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education.

Each December a list of facilities certified at Better Beginnings level 2 and Better Beginnings level 3 (State Accreditation) will be submitted to the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration, Individual Income Tax Division. The Individual Income Tax Division will distribute the Early Childhood Certification Form, AR 1000 EC, to each qualifying child care facility. The child care facility is to distribute the Early Childhood Certification Form, AR 1000 EC to the persons who have had dependents enrolled in the facility that year.   


To find more information about finding state accredited programs in your area visit Care Search

 and make sure you check "must be Better Beginnings ".