Membership Levels and Fees

Join our worldwide community dedicated to our shared vision of giving every infant and family the best start to life.

Core and Quality Circle membership allows all staff at the member center to access VON tools, resources, and programs. Teams can also join NICQ, which is a two-year project-based enhanced Quality Circle membership.

We provide no-cost Basic Access to select programs and resources to support individual health care professionals who are not affiliated with a VON member center but are striving to provide the highest quality care for infants and families.

Core Membership

Core members contribute to databases and receive extensive reporting with regional and international benchmarks to target clinical practices and patient outcomes. Select a database below for details and learn about data submission and support on the Database and Reporting page.

Cost varies dependent on the database.

The annual fee for the Very Low Birth Weight (VLBW) Database is $6,700.

The annual fee for the Expanded Database (all NICU admissions) is based on number of hospital beds. The VLBW database fee is included in the Expanded database fee.

  • Hospitals with fewer than 250 staffed beds: $6,700.
  • Hospitals with 250-500 beds: $8,300.
  • Children’s hospitals and hospitals with more than 500 beds: $9,900.

Group reporting and pricing is available.

Other features for Core Members include:

Quality Improvement and Education - 3 Ways to Enroll Your Center

1. Education Subscription

Includes center-wide access to the Quality Improvement Foundations course and Responding to Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome course. The Education Subscription does not include any All Care is Brain Care QI collaborative content.

Annual fees for the education subscription are dependent on NICU level.

  • Level 3 and Level 4 NICU: $1,500
  • Level 2 NICU: $500

2. Quality Circle Membership

Includes the iNICQ “All Care is Brain Care” quality improvement collaborative, center-wide access to the Quality Improvement Foundations and Responding to Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome  courses, and additional public recognition as a VON Quality Circle Member.

Annual fee: $7,500

3. NICQ collaborative

NICQ is an enhanced Quality Circle membership that includes all benefits and programs of the Quality Circle (iNICQ, online courses, etc.) and an intensive two-year QI collaborative with other centers and dedicated faculty.

The next NICQ enrollment period is for the 2025-2026 collaborative.

Quality Improvement and Education Programs and Services

iNICQ All Care is Brain Care

Internet-based Newborn Improvement Collaborative for Quality (iNICQ)

All Care is Brain Care

This collaborative is a benefit of Quality Circle membership. Specific features of iNICQ include:

  • Toolkits outlining key evidence, potentially better practices, and change ideas
  • Community Forum and dedicated listserv to communicate with expert faculty and peers
  • Live webinar series
  • Spotlight modules to jumpstart improvement on specific topics
  • Online classroom, including recorded webinars accessible any time for CE credit
  • Education for QI fundamentals for entire interdisciplinary team
  • Improvement stories from teams applying QI and Experience-Based Co-Design methodologies
  • Support for peer-to-peer learning
  • Faculty review of improvement posters
  • VON Day Audits to provide baseline gap analysis and to track progress over time
  • Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Part 4 credits for entire physician team
  • CME, CNE for an unlimited number of team members
More about iNICQ: All Care is Brain Care
NICQ All Care is Brain Care

Newborn Improvement Collaborative for Quality (NICQ)

Two-year quality collaborative "All Care is Brain Care"

NICQ features and benefits include:

  • All Quality Circle features, including iNICQ and QI Foundations Course
  • Homeroom of 8-10 teams working on similar projects
  • Homeroom-dedicated faculty teams
  • Interactive electronic toolkit supporting evidence-based QI
  • Data transparency and custom VON data reports
  • Basic and advanced QI methods training
  • Community Forum and dedicated listservs to facilitate discussion
  • Onsite, in-person meetings

Cost: Core membership + $25,000 

More about NICQ

Basic Access

Basic Access supports improvement in newborn care through no-cost and publicly available resources for non-VON members, including: