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Frequently Asked Questions About Gold Seal

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What are the benefits of becoming a Gold Seal provider?

There are several benefits associated with the Gold Seal Quality Care Program:


Does a provider have to be licensed to qualify for the Gold Seal Program?

Not necessarily. Any legally operating child care provider, facility, home, religious-exempt program, or public school program, is eligible to achieve Gold Seal Quality Care Program status if it is accredited by one of the Department's approved Gold Seal Quality Care Program Accrediting Agencies. Although the Department doesn't require that a provider be licensed in order to participate, some accrediting agencies may require licensure as part of their accrediting process. For example, the National Association for Family Child Care requires a family day care home to be licensed in order to become accredited.


How long does it take to become accredited?

Becoming accredited typically takes between 9 months and 2 years, depending on how many of the accrediting standards your program has already achieved. You can conduct a self-evaluation to determine how far along you are towards becoming accredited, or the accrediting agency you select may be able to give you an idea how long it will take.


Is there a cost associated with becoming a Gold Seal provider?

The Department of Children and Families does not charge a fee for the Gold Seal Quality Care Program; however, most accrediting agencies charge an application fee and a validation fee as part of their accreditation process. In addition, there may be other costs associated with becoming accredited ( i.e., hiring staff to achieve lower child-to-staff ratios, higher salaries to account for higher staff qualifications, requirements relating to the physical environment, etc. ). For more information on each accrediting agency's fees and other costs, contact the accrediting agency directly.


Can accreditation be given by multiple approved accrediting agencies?

Yes. However, accreditation by more than one of the approved Gold Seal Quality Care Program accrediting agencies does not affect the Gold Seal Quality Care Program reimbursement rate or the tax benefit. The Child Care Program Office only reports one accreditation per child care provider.


Once accredited, how is the Department of Children & Families notified?

The Child Care Program Office is notified in one of the following ways:

  1. Notification from the child care provider. Fax the accreditation certificate to 866-596-9513.
  2. Monthly review of Gold Seal Quality Care Program accrediting agencies' list of approved child care programs.
  3. Notification from the child care provider.

Note:
Child care providers are welcome to contact the Children's Forum directly to expedite the issuance of the Gold Seal Quality Care Program certificate.


Once accredited, how long does it take to receive a Gold Seal Certificate?

Certificates are signed by the Director of the Department's Child Care Program Office. It usually takes 1-2 weeks to process Gold Seal Quality Care Program certificate requests.


How do I apply for the Gold Seal Program tax exemptions?

Tax exemptions are administered by the Department of Revenue and your county property appraiser.

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How can parents find a Gold Seal provider?


Can the Gold Seal status be used to meet the VPK provider requirements?