SAM Project

The Statewide Accreditation Mentoring (SAM) project provides support and assistance to child care/early education programs in centers engaged in quality improvement with intent to achieve program accreditation. The program supports a variety of accreditation initiatives including NAEYC and NAC.

Support options available through the SAM project

  • On Site Consultation Visits (targeted for programs further along in the process)
  • Quality Improvement Cohorts (for programs just beginning or thinking about the process)

Programs can participate in just one or all of the available support options. To get involved in the SAM Project, go to, fill out the application and we will be in touch with you regarding your specific needs.

The SAM project receives funding from the Illinois Department of Human Services in cooperation with the Illinois Network of Child Care resource and Referral Agencies (INCCRRA).