Accreditation and Partnerships


The NIC Children’s Center is registered to receive funds from the Idaho Child Care Program (ICCP). Call 211 for more information.

NAEYC Accreditation

The NIC Children’s Center has been accredited through the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) since September 2000. Accreditation involves a comprehensive process of internal self-study and an external professional review to verify compliance with the association’s criteria for high quality early childhood programs. A high quality childhood program provides a safe and nurturing environment while promoting the physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development of young children.

Ratios/Group Sizes

Infants: 1:4; group of 8
Toddlers: 1:5; group of 9
Twos: 1:6; group of 11
Threes: 1:9; group of 14
Four/Fives: 1:10; group of 17

Head Start Partnership

The NIC Children’s Center and NIC Head Start are committed to a partnership which will provide a strong school-readiness foundation for shared families. The partnership will serve 15 NIC Head Start families at the NIC Children’s Center. It is the intent of both programs to provide seamless education services to the children of families of North Idaho College. For more information, please contact us.

Individual Childcare License

All persons working in the classroom with children, including volunteers and students working more than 15 hours per month (including parents), are required to have a current individual child care license. To receive this license a person must: have a cleared FBI background check, fingerprints on file with law enforcement, First Aid/CPR certification, clean TB test, and proof of ongoing education.

CACFP Meal Program

The Children’s Center participates in the Idaho Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). We serve a healthy balanced breakfast and lunch and provide an afternoon snack during the day at no cost to families.
“This institution is an equal opportunity provider.”