The Solution: ICARE

a whole-child education accrediting agency that is invested fully
in holistic, relationship-based principles and practices

Emotional growth and development are integral to who we are as human beings; these play a central role in learning. Decades of neuroscience research illustrate that adherence to child development principles and practices leads to a prosperous and sustainable society. A balanced approach to emotional, social, cognitive, and language development contribute to a fully functioning brain and body and will best prepare all children for success in school and later in the workplace and community.

Supportive relationships and positive learning experiences are key to student well-being, learning, and academic success. It is imperative to consider the large gulf between brain research findings and direct classroom application. In each stage of development, it is important for teachers and school staff to understand the relationship between neurological development and learning. We do this by providing insight into innate capacities at each developmental stage—through the use of Natural Learning Relationships.

The Advantages of Holistic Accreditation

Our accreditation services engage a collaborative process. We prize becoming knowledgeable  in all aspects of the school’s specific culture and needs.

This collaborative approach emphasizes the quality of interactions between staff and children as well as the developmental appropriateness of the curriculum. Our professional review also includes faculty/staff qualifications, communication with families, age-appropriate physical environments, administration and distributed leadership, as well as the nature of the child’s daily experiences in rich learning environments.

Interested in learning more? For details about the structure of our accreditation processes, see our Steps to Accreditation. And please use our contact form to get in touch with any questions or to let us know you're ready to get started!