West Virginia Center Accreditation Support Services (CASS):

Financial Assistance:

Through the West Virginia Center Accreditation Support Services (CASS), West Virginia Early Childhood Training Connections and Resources (WVECTCR) provides financial assistance to West Virginia child care centers, family child care facilities, and family child care homes seeking accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC). Stipends will be issued for the following 4 categories: Self-study enrollment fee, application fee, candidacy/site visit fee, and annual report and renewal fees. CASS will reimburse for half of the cost of fees.

If you are seeking a stipend for NAEYC Self-Study Materials:

  1. Complete the Application for Financial and Technical Assistance for NAEYC Accreditation.
  2. Complete the Application for Stipend for Accreditation Self-Study Materials.
  3. Attach proof of payment for the purchase of self-study materials. (Because the stipend is a reimbursement to the center for the purchase of the self-study materials, the stipend will not be processed until the materials have been requested from NAEYC).

If you are seeking a stipend for NAEYC Candidacy/Site Visits:

  1. Complete the Application for Financial and Technical Assistance for NAEYC Accreditation.
  2. Complete the Candidacy Stipend Application.
  3. Include proof of payment for the candidacy fee.

If you are seeking a stipend for NAFCC Self-Study Materials:

  1. Complete the Application for Financial Assistance for NAFCC Accreditation.
  2. Complete the Application for Stipend for NAFCC Accreditation Self-Study Materials.
  3. Include proof of payment for self-study enrollment.

If you are seeking a stipend for NAFCC Observation Visits:

  1. Complete the Application for Financial Assistance for NAFCC Accreditation.
  2. Complete the Observation Stipend Application for NAFCC.
  3. Include proof of payment for accreditation application.

Stipends are awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis as funding allows.

Mentoring and Technical Assistance:

Mentoring and technical assistance is limited to those child care centers in West Virginia seeking accreditation for the first time or for new directors of centers seeking re-accreditation. Mentors will be provided on a first-come, first-serve basis based on receipt of completed application and funding allowance.

The mentor will provide the following assistance:

  • A minimum of one-full day, on-site visit for observation to evaluate the program's readiness to participate in the accreditation process.
  • Assistance to center director in organizing tasks and timelines involved in the accreditation process.
  • Telephone consultation as needed for up to a one-year period.
  • Bi-monthly contact with the center to encourage progress toward accreditation.

Request for Mentoring Assistance Application

For more information, please contact:

Jessica L. Dianellos
Division of Early Care and Education
WV Dept. of Health and Human Resources
350 Capitol Street, Room B-18
Charleston, WV 25301
Phone: (304) 558-6669
Fax: (304) 558-8800
E-mail: Jessica.L.Dianellos@wv.gov