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What is accreditation?


Early childhood programs accredited by the NAEYC Academy for Early Childhood Program Accreditation have voluntarily undergone a comprehensive process of internal self-study and improvement.  Each NAEYC accredited program must meet all 10 of the NAEYC Early Childhood Program Standards.  For more information about the standards and NAEYC Accreditation visit



NAEYC Accreditation: the Mark of Quality Education for Your Child


When you see the NAEYC Accreditation torch, you know that your child will be safe, healthy, and learning each day. You know what makes a good child care program – infants are laid down on their backs to nap, toddlers are taken outside for well-supervised play, and preschoolers are learning about shapes and solving puzzles. NAEYC Accreditation means you’re getting this and more. In fact, more than one million families have chosen NAEYC Accreditation for their children.


NAEYC has created 10 standards that measure the quality of early childhood programs. The standards were created by a blue-ribbon panel of early childhood experts and are based on the latest early childhood research.


NAEYC-accredited programs meet a higher standard:


  • Promote positive relationships for all children and adults to encourage each child's sense of individual worth.


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


  • Use developmentally, culturally, and linguistically appropriate effective teaching approaches.


  • Provide ongoing assessments of a child's learning and development and communicate the child's progress to the family.


  • Promote the nutrition and health of children and protect children and staff from injury and illness.


  • Employ a teaching staff that has the educational qualifications, knowledge, and professional commitment necessary to promote children's learning and development, and to support families' diverse needs and interests.


  • Establish and maintain collaborative relationships with each child's family.


  • Establish relationships with and use the resources of the community to support the achievement of program goals.


  • Provide a safe and healthy physical environment.


  • Implement strong personnel, fiscal, and program management policies so that all children, families, and staff have high-quality experiences.