NAEYC Accreditation

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) - the world's largest organization of early childhood educators - established its accreditation system to raise the quality of early childhood education and help families and others identify high-quality child care centers, preschools, kindergartens and other early childhood programs.

NAEYC-accredited programs are committed to providing high-quality educational services to young children and their families.  While the accreditation process examines all aspects of a program - including health and safety, teacher qualifications, and administration - the focus is on the interactions between teachers and children, and the quality of the child's experience.

To earn accreditation, programs comply with national standards of quality that go well beyond state health and safety licensing requirements.  The NAEYC Accreditation criteria address all aspects of an early childhood education program, including:
     Teacher qualifications and development
     Teacher - to - child ratios
     Teacher/child and teacher/family relationships
     Physical environment
     Health and safety
(Details about NAEYC Accreditation criteria - and other helpful information for families - can be found on the Web at (

A program begins the accreditation process with an extensive self-assessment to determine how well it meets the criteria.  After the program makes necessary improvements, it is observed by early childhood professionals, and then reviewed by a national commission of experts in child care and early education.  Early childhood programs that substantially comply with the NAEYC guidelines are accredited for a five-year period.

The accreditation system was established by NAEYC in 1985, and the criteria have been revised several times to reflect best practices in the field of early childhood education.  In 1999 NAEYC established a commission of early childhood care and education experts to recommend improvements for the future of NAEYC's accreditation system.  Those recommendations form the core of key changes NAEYC is making in the system.

NAEYC Accreditation has become widely recognized as a leading measure of quality in early education, and in recent years the number of programs earning accreditation has grown significantly.  There are more than 8000 NAEYC accredited child care centers, preschools, kindergartens and other early childhood programs - serving nearly three-quarters of a million young children - and many other programs working toward accreditation.  However, while NAEYC Accreditation is growing, most early childhood programs are not yet accredited.

Go to the NAEYC Web site ( to search for NAEYC - accredited programs using your city, state, or zip code, and to get a variety of information and services for families of young children.  Many accredited programs display a torch - the symbol of NAEYC accreditation.

Things for you to know:   
1.   Each year we will have surveys for you to fill out regarding our program.
           2.   Each year (and anytime you wish) we also request suggestions to improve our program 
                        and better meet your needs.
           3.   We will inform you of results from the surveys and ways we will correct any problems.

For a short video on NAEYC Accreditation, please visit the following link: