Step 1: Are you a member of GAACS? If yes then continue to Step 2. If not then submit the membership application to join GAACS.
Step 2: Do you hold a child care license, Green Apple license exempt certificate, or a school exemption? If so then complete Accreditation Application and submit with the nonrefundable application fee. If not, then STOP.
You will need to obtain a child care license, school exemption, or Green Apple license/religiuos exemption before you can begin the accreditation process.
Step 3: GAACS Office will email a username and password to access the Accreditation Standads Manual online.
Step 4: Upon receipt of online credentials, login to the member portal to download and complete the Self Study Guide and submit to GAACS office along with all required documentation. The Self Study must be completed within ten months from the date of accreditation application.
Extension of Time Request Form
If the provider is unable to complete the Self Study within ten months then the provider must request an Extension of Time PRIOR TO the expiration of the ten months.
Failure to request an Extension of Time within the ten months will result in the provider having to complete a new application for accreditation or pay additional fees to continue the accreditation process.
Step 5: GAACS Office will review your Self Study Guide and documentation upon receipt of the Request for Self Study Review.
Step 6: When notified in writing that your Self Study has been accepted (Candidate Status) then the school/program is eligible to schedule a site visit inspection/survey.
Step 7: Complete the Request for Site Visit Inspection and submit it to the GAACS Office along with the nonrefundable fee.
Step 8: GAACS will schedule an unannounced site visit.
Step 9: The GAACS Site Visit Inspection team will make a recommendation for approval, denial, or deferral of accreditation based on the site visit inspection.
GAACS Office will review the inspection report, recommendation, and all documents submitted through the Self Study process and make the final decision. GAACS Office will notify you in writing should you be granted or denied accreditation.
Step 10: Upon written notification of accreditation and receipt of an accreditation certificate then you may advertise as a GAACS Accredited School. Display your accreditation certificate in a conspicuous place.
Step 11: Should your school be denied accreditation status then you may appeal the decision in writing within 30 days from the date of notification. Your letter must show how you met the requirements during the application process.
Failure to appeal the denial in writing within 30 days constitutes forfeit of right to appeal. Unless otherwise stated, you are welcome to reapply when able to meet the standards.
Note: Your application for accreditation is valid for ten months. The Accreditation Application fee is nonrefundable and nontransferable.