Accreditations & Licensing

St. Vincent Center for Children and Families is licensed by the State of Indiana. We have earned a Paths to Quality Level 4 rating—the highest level—from the state of Indiana. To learn what it takes to be a Level 4 Child Care provider, check out the Paths Quality video.

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St. Vincent’s is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), which represents the highest quality in early childhood education. NAEYC Accreditation began in 1985 with the goal of providing an accrediting system that would raise the level of early childhood programs.

As a NAEYC accredited program we invest in early childhood education because we believe in its benefits for children and families. Early childhood experiences—from birth to age 8—have an enormous impact on children’s lifelong learning and positively contribute to their health and development. Early childhood education programs with this mark of quality such as St. Vincent’s benefit children with greater readiness for and success in school.

The NAEYC Academy establishes and maintains a clearly defined process for pursuing, achieving, and maintaining NAEYC Accreditation. The intent of the process is to ensure that programs meet NAEYC’s definition of excellence for an early childhood program and to increase the accountability of the system for children and families.

NAEYC Accreditation is for a five-year period, after which programs apply for reaccreditation. St. Vincent’s earned NAEYC reaccreditation in 2015.

In addition, St. Vincent is also recognized as a 5-Star Environmental Childcare Center by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, which means we are an “environmentally healthy childcare; one that promotes healthy development in young children free from pesticides, harmful chemicals, lead paint hazards, radon, and other often invisible health threats.”