Pathways Accreditation

Only 10% of child care centers in the nation are accredited. Is yours?

Pathways Accreditation was developed by Children’s Institute and a team of experts in the field of early education and care to provide an efficient and affordable way for centers to improve quality and achieve their accreditation goal.

When you partner with Pathways for your accreditation needs, you will receive a superior, exceptionally user-friendly system at a reasonable cost. Pathways recognizes your experience and builds on the accomplishments of your center and staff.


  • To promote safe, high-quality child care settings where children can thrive and reach their full potential
  • To foster and facilitate excellence for child care providers
  • To ensure clear, reliable, and valid accreditation processes that providers and parents support and understand


  • A rigorous accreditation system that blends the best thinking of many experts in the field with the identified strengths of the providers
  • A process that is useful, respectful, transparent, and recognizes that there are many “pathways” to the same goal of high quality child care
  • Pathways accredited child care centers in Monroe County are eligible for a higher reimbursement rate

How it Works:

  • Our accreditation system is based on an extensive review of national standards including Head Start, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the New York State Office of Children and Family Services, the National Association for the Education of Young Children and other national and state level accreditation and quality systems
  • The process uses several nationally and internationally recognized, research-based assessment tools including the Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale-Revised (ECERS-R) and the Infant/Toddler Environment Rating Scale–Revised (ITERS-R)
  • Pathways features a unique, user-friendly online survey that helps centers assess their readiness before they even begin the accreditation process
  • Accreditation includes parent surveys, interviews with staff and administrators, site visits, and technical assistance


(585) 295-1000 (phone)
(585) 295-1090 (fax)
(877) 888-7647 (toll-free)




Children's Institute equips and supports those who work with children to ensure the success of every child.
Children’s Institute is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.

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