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STAGE 1: Start Application – Self Study

Any program interested in creating a high-quality early learning environment and experiences for young children and their families can enroll in the self-study stage. Programs enroll in self-study to deepen their understanding of quality standards and begin to identify strengths and areas needing attention. In this stage, centers will do the following:

  • They will attend an orientation training introducing them to the Jawda Program,

  • They will have complete an eLearning Course, and 

  • They will have access to self-study tools, tips, and planning guides.


If you are ready to start stage 1, 

  • Click the blue button below and answer a few questions. 

  • Complete the application form. 

  • Book an orientation meeting to get started. 

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STAGE 2: Baseline Assessments 

Programs that have successfully completed the first stage of the process are ready to take part in the baseline assessments which is conducted by Jawda Assessors

In this stage, you will make an appointment with a Jawda Assessor. This assessor will conduct a baseline assessment of your center. The baseline assessment is a mock assessment, and although the results of this assessment do not effect your final tier level certification, it is a vital step to help you determine your areas of strength and areas of needed improvement. Following the baseline assessment, you will receive a detailed quality report. Please note that this step may be conducted virtually if and when it is appropriate. 

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STAGE 3: Quality Improvement 

Getting the quality report is a start to a beautiful journey in quality improvement. The report is like your road map. When you receive your quality report, you will identify areas of strength and areas requiring improvement. 

To help you make improvements, you will have the ability to work with a certified Jawda coach. 

Coaches provide mentoring, technical feedback, training and conduct support visits to centers as and when you need them.  


Coaches can also review and help you develop your policies and procedures, assist in designing and selecting and developmentally appropriate curriculum, work with teachers on documentation, and much more. 

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STAGE 4: Verification visit

Are you ready for your final verification visit?

The verification visit provides an independent assessment of program quality by an assessor who has been rigorously trained to provide a reliable rating.


At the verification visit, your assessor will:

  • Observe teaching in the classroom. 

  • Evaluate the indoor/outdoor environment.

  • Review evidence and documentation.

  • Conduct interviews with staff, managers, parents, and sometimes children. 


Following the verification visit, you will receive a quality report indicating the recommended quality tier level. There are five tier levels, level 1, to level 5. 


Every level of quality is a chance to celebrate the hard work that you and your team have achieved in this rigorous and comprehensive progress. 


If you are ready to start stage 4, click the yellow button and book your appointment with the Jawda assessor for your final verification visit.

STAGE 5: Accreditation

Based on the recommendation you receive in the quality report from your verification visit, you may request an accredited certificate. If your quality report recommends a tier level certification of 4, then you will receive an accredited certificate of level 4 and so on. 


ACC oversees the accreditation decisions by reviewing the accreditation standards and policies. In addition, external auditors, oversee the quality assurance measures, standardization processes and ensure the authenticity, reliability, and validity of the accreditation decisions on an annual basis. 

Celebrate each tier you receive, share it with parents, account it on your website, and then plan on how you can maintain a lifelong commitment to quality improvement. 

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