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NAEYC Accredidation

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is the world’s largest organization working on behalf of young children.  Their accreditation program is a comprehensive system which measures the quality of early childhood education programs.  Only 8% of early childhood programs in the United States have obtained NAEYC accreditation.

In order to achieve accreditation, teaching staff and administrators must provide evidence, through documentation and during an on-site visit by a NAEYC assessor, that the school meets the national quality standards in over 400 criteria.  Every aspect of the program is studied and observed to ensure compliance with the following standards:

  • Positive relationships between children and teachers

  • A curriculum that fosters all areas of child development:  cognitive, emotional, language, physical, and social

  • Effective teaching practices

  • Ongoing assessments of children’s learning and development.

  • Promotion of good nutrition and health

  • Qualifications of staff and ongoing professional development.

  • Collaborative family involvement

  • Relationships within the community to support achievement of program goals 

  • A safe and healthy physical environment 

  • Personnel, fiscal and program management policies

For more information about NAEYC standards and their importance in early childhood education, click the button below:

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