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CONTRIBUTED Russellville’s Patricia Frederick celebrates the reaccreditation of her daycare.

Russellville family childcare provider receives national accreditation

The National Association for Family Child Care recently awarded the country’s top honor for high-quality family child care programs to Patricia Frederick, operator of Ms. Pat’s Daycare in Russellville.

According to the NAFCC, its accreditation is a rigorous quality improvement system that uses a set of more than 300 standards to recognize high-quality childcare programs operating in the residence of the childcare professional. 

In Alabama, almost 11 percent of licensed family child care programs have achieved this recognition – considerably higher than the 2 percent nationwide average.

“I chose to become reaccredited because I wanted to improve the quality of care for my children. Making a difference in their lives means the world to me,” Frederick said. “I have been a childcare provider for over 21 years. 

“I enjoy spending one-on-one time with the children,” she added. “It’s an amazing job to have and such a joy to see their smiley faces every day.”

To earn NAFCC accreditation, Frederick went through an extensive self-study, training and quality improvement process with the support of her mentor, Mamie Thomas from the Family Child Care Partnerships-Accreditation Facilitation Project at Auburn University. 

FCCP-AFP is a statewide quality enhancement, accreditation facilitation program funded through a contract with the Alabama State Department of Human Resources. FCCP-AFP delivers mentoring, training, technical assistance and financial support to licensed family childcare providers in Alabama seeking to attain national accreditation. 

“NAFCC accreditation is recognition of a family childcare provider’s commitment to quality caregiving and to continuous quality improvement,” said Caroline Martin, managing director of FCCP-AFP at Auburn. “A provider who attains NAFCC accreditation has reached a high level of professional practice in family childcare, giving parents and families the assurance that the program is nationally recognized as such.”