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NCRLAP's assessment process

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NCRLAP's assessment process
  • 1. Request an Assessment:

    Provider discusses the assessment process with their licensing consultant, who submits an assessment request to NCRLAP.
  • 2. Schedule the Assessment:

    After NCRLAP receives the assessment request, we contact you by phone to schedule the window for your assessment(s). Immediately following this, we mail you a pre-assessment information packet which contains several forms that must be completed before we can conduct the assessment. Your assessment window will be scheduled at the earliest possible date that NCRLAP can send a qualified assessor. We aim to contact you within two business days of receiving the assessment request, and we usually attempt to schedule the assessment window within 2 to 3 weeks after receiving your assessment request.

    You will receive a confirmation phone call prior to your scheduled assessment window, usually one week beforehand.
  • 3. Conduct Assessment:

    During each assessment, you should expect two NCRLAP assessors to participate in the observation, although for many assessments, one assessor will be present. This process usually takes one day per assessment and, in multi-classroom centers, we try to complete all assessments for a facility within a two week period.
  • 4. Report Writing and Proofing:

    Within two working days of the completed assessment, our staff will submit the initial draft of your report for proofreading. The report is proofread and edited by one or more qualified people. The editing process may require several cycles as the assessor and proofreader attempt to write the strongest report possible. If your program has more than one assessment, all of the assessments are reviewed together to ensure consistency across reports. In general, we aim to complete each report within 10 business days.
  • 5. Send Final Report:

    Once all of the reports are finalized for a facility, NCRLAP staff sends a final report to your DCDEE Child Care Consultant for their review. The consultant is asked to read the report and then share the results of the assessment(s) with you.
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