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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.

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.

Infants: 1:4 ratio in groups of eight students 
Toddlers: 1:5 ratio in groups of nine students 
Two-year-olds: 1:6 ratio in groups of 11 students 
Three-year-olds: 1:9 ratio in groups of 14 students
Four- or five-years-olds: 1:10 in group of 17 students 

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.

All persons working in the classroom with children – including staff, volunteers and students or parents working more than 15 hours per month – are required to have a current childcare license through the City of Coeur d’Alene.

To receive this license, a person must have:

  • a clear FBI background check.
  • fingerprints on file with law enforcement.
  • current First Aid/CPR certification.
  • a clear tuberculosis test.
  • proof of ongoing education.

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.

In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its agencies, offices and employees and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.  

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the agency (state or local) where they applied for benefits.  Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form (AD-3027), found online at: How to File a Complaint and at any USDA office; or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: 

  • mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture 
    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 
    1400 Independence Ave. SW 
    Washington, D.C. 20250-9410
  • fax: (202) 690-7442
  • email:

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.