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Missouri Accreditation (MOA)

Feb 9, 2016

Missouri was the first state to develop and implement quality accreditation criteria for programs providing care and education for children.

Founded in 1981, Missouri Accreditation (MOA) is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental agency. MOA has served as an institutional accrediting agency, providing leadership in the development of standards and performance based assessment since 1984. MOA has continued to provide ongoing monitoring, evaluation, and recognition of programs who have achieved accreditation.

MOA functions in areas beyond the scope of state licensing for early childhood and school age programming. To receive accreditation, a program must exceed the minimum licensing requirements. MO focuses on qualitative aspects of the physical, social, emotional, and intellectual growth opportunities made available to children enrolled in center-based, home-based, school age care and education programs.

Accreditation involves a thorough validation of the following criteria:

  • Children’s Relationships and Interactions
  • Physical Environment
  • Programming/Curriculum
  • Program/Family Connections
  • Administration
  • Health, Safety, and Nutrition

Reviewed March 2018.

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