​National Association for the Education of Young Children
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Last Modified: 16 September 2015​
naeyc accredited
Early childhood programs accredited by NAEYC's National Academy of early childhood programs have undergone a comprehensive process of internal self-study, invited external professional review to verify compliance with Criteria for High-Quality Early Childhood Programs, and been found to be in substantial compliance with the Criteria.  The Criteria can be found on NAEYC's website at www.naeyc.org/accreditation.
program benefits
high-quality programs
A high-quality early childhood program provides a safe and nurturing environment while promoting the physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development of young children.  In accredited programs, you will see the following:

* Frequent, positive, warm interactions among teachers and children
* Planned, learning activities appropriate to children's age and development, such as reading stories, block building, ting, dress-up, and active outdoor play
* Specially trained teachers and administrators
* Ongoing professional development
* Enough adults to respond to individual children
* Many varied age-appropriate materials
* Respect for culture and diversity
* A healthy and safe environment for adults and children
* Inclusive environments
* Nutritious meals and/or snacks
* Regular, two-way communication with families who are welcome visitors at all times
* Effective administration
* Ongoing, systematic evaluation

Accreditation is valid for 5 years.  During that period, programs should maintain compliance with accreditation standards, document program improvements, and provide notification about major changes.  For more information about the NAEYC accreditation process​​​​​​, please visit
www.naeyc.org. ​​​​​​​​​​