Photo: Kate Samp for Strategies for Children

Kathy Modigliani, who runs the Bay State-based Family Child Care Project, remembers noticing the positive impact going through the accreditation process had on center-based teachers. Why not do something similar for family child care providers? Today the National Association for Family Child Care operates the only nationally recognized accreditation system established specifically for home-based family child care providers. Modigliani led  its development between 1995 and 1999, when she was based at Wheelock College in Boston.

NAFCC accreditation has standards in five content areas: relationships, environment, developmental learning activities, safety and health, and professional and business practices.

“There have been many studies that have shown that accredited providers offer a significantly higher quality of care than others,” Modigliani noted in an interview last year.

In going through the accreditation process, Modigliani observed, early educators put into practice what they learn in college courses or Child Development Associate (CDA) training. “To motivate providers to put what they are learning into practice is something accreditation is important for,” she said. “I really think accreditation for both centers and homes is a critical piece in the Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) because it assesses what is happening in the program.”

Congratulations to the 90 NAFCC-accredited family child care providers in Massachusetts:

Abington. Judith Enabulele

Acushnet. Robin Dubois

Agawam. Bobby Hollins


Cambridge. Alba De Jesus, Susan Roberts

Chelsea. Margarita Garcia, Joaquina Pineda, Soraya Rendon, Gloria Sanchez, Rosa Sanchez, Amparo Taborda, Maria Taborda Merino, Salustia Vega, Berta Vielmann

Dedham. Janus Leonard

East Bridgewater. Jennifer Repeta

Everett. Clara Alexis, Gisela Guzman, Latifa Hakim, Augusta Jean- Denis, Marie Micelin

Fall River. Joyce Perry

Falmouth. Carrie Leonard, Kathleen Thomas, Marjorie Wilson

Fitchburg. Liliana Chaput, Xan Kinsman, Marites Maclean

Foxborough. Margaret Wheeler

Gloucester. Venessa Skinner

Hanscom Air Force Base. Leonor Ayala, Melissa Roth

Holbrook. Njideka Eze

Lakeville. Judith Wesley

Lowell. Beatriz Alvarez, Ingris Bonilla, Carmenza Guerrero, Chamroeun Khat, Carmen Rivera

Malden. Carline Jean, Claudette Jules, Lucy Tavarez, Gabrielle Tovar

Medford. Glendene Brathwaite, Brunilda Emmanuelli, Eileen Giliberti, Mary McCarthy, Fatima Ouardaoui, Maria Russo

Middleborough. Susan DiJune

New Bedford. Frances Fernandes, Donna Lamontagne, Susan Motta, Milagros Quiles

North Attleborough. Brenda Merrikin

Raynham. Elaine Coppola, Judith Roberts

Revere. Sol Jurado, Edith Rendon

Somerville. Berta Villagran

Taunton. Tina Slavick

Walpole. Laura Touhey

Woburn. Kim O’Hearn