What is accreditation?
Early childhood programs accredited by the NAEYC Academy for Early Childhood Program Accreditation have voluntarily undergone a comprehensive process of internal self-study and improvement. Each NAEYC-accredited program must meet all 10 of the NAEYC Early Childhood Program Standards. For more information about the standards and NAEYC Accreditation, visit www.rightchoiceforkids.org.
What is a high-quality early childhood program?
High-quality programs provide a safe and nurturing environment while promoting the development of young children. NAEYC-accredited programs show their quality by meeting the 10 NAEYC Early Childhood Program Standards which are based on the latest research on the education and development of young children.All NAEYC-accredited programs must
- Promote positive relationships for all children and adults
- Implement a curriculum that fosters all areas of child development-cognitive, emotional, language, physical, and social.
- Use developmentally, culturally, and linguistically appropriate and effective teaching approaches.
- Provide ongoing assessments of child progress.
- Promote the nutrition and health of children and staff.
- Employ and support qualified teaching staff.
- Establish and maintain collaborative relationships with families.
- Establish and maintain relationships with and use resources of the community.
- Provide a safe and healthy physical environment.
- Implement strong program management policies that result in high-quality service.
NAEYC Accreditation is valid for 5 years. During that period, programs make annual reports documenting that they maintain compliance with the program standards. All NAEYC accredited programs are also subject to unannounced visits by NAEYC assessors.