What is NAEYC Accreditation?
Since 1926, the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) has been working to define quality in programs serving young children. Since 1985, NAEYC has offered accreditation to early childhood programs based on Program Standards that outline what research shows are high quality standards for all early childhood programs. Accreditation is a voluntary process in which programs participate in self assessment to gauge how closely the program meets the standards. Standards are defined in 10 areas: Relationships, Curriculum, Teaching, Assessment of Child Progress, Health, Teachers, Families, Community Relationships, Physical Environment, and Leadership and Management. To obtain accreditation, programs must go through a rigorous four step process to determine if the program meets all NAEYC Standards: 1. Self Assessment 2. Application 3. Candidacy 4. On Site Visit Through the accreditation system, NAEYC uses the standards and criteria to define program quality and to recognize programs that have demonstrated the capacity to sustain quality over time. NAEYC accreditation was awarded to the Early Learning Center on May 1, 2016. To find out more about NAEYC, visit the website at www.naeyc.org