Accreditation Information

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The National Association for the Education of Young Children administers the nation’s largest and most widely recognized voluntary accreditation system for high-quality early childhood programs.

Its purpose is to improve the quality of care and education provided for young children and to recognize early childhood programs that function in accordance with the criteria for high-quality early childhood programs.

In accredited early childhood programs you will see…

  • A healthy and safe environment for children
  • Frequent, positive, and warm interactions among teachers and children
  • Open communication with parents, who are always welcome visitors in the program
  • Respect for cultural diversity and diversity in learning styles
  • Good child-teacher ratios in the classes
  • Specially trained teachers
  • Ongoing professional development
  • Planned learning activities and materials appropriate to children’s age and development
  • Effective administration
  • Ongoing, systematic evaluation

To learn more about NAEYC’s accreditation standards and criteria visit their Web site.