About the Gold Seal Quality Care Program
In 1996, the Florida Legislature established the Gold Seal Quality Care program to acknowledge child care facilities and family day care homes that have gone above the required minimum licensing standards to become accredited by recognized agencies whose standard reflect quality in the level of care and supervision provided to children.
The Gold Seal Quality Care Program is not an accreditation, but a designation which is voluntary with potential benefits to those that participate including, but not limited to:
- A positive marketing tool for prospective parents
- Tax exemptions on certain educational materials, and property taxes
- Higher reimbursement for School Readiness providers
- Accepted to be eligible to participate in Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) please click here for information on the Voluntary Prekindergarten Program
Participation in this program is voluntary and is available to all provider types that meet the definition of child care with the exception of certain license-exempt school-age programs identified in Chapter 65C-22.008(3), F.A.C. A link to the application process for providers is listed below.
An accrediting association wishing to be approved as a Gold Seal Association must apply and substantially meet or exceed the Department’s Gold Seal Quality Care standards adopted by the Department of Children and Families Office of Child Care Regulation.
- Find a Gold Seal Quality Care Provider – Provider Map
- Find an approved Gold Seal Accrediting Association – Association List
- Frequently asked questions regarding Gold Seal
- Gold Seal Designation Process for Child Care Providers
- Gold Seal Approval Process for Accrediting Associations
- Gold Seal Quality Care Summary and Detail Data
- Tax Exemptions
- Statutory References
- Side-by-Side Comparison of Approved Gold Seal Accreditation Associations