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
Ongoing, systematic evaluation
To learn more about NAEYC's accreditation standards and criteria visit their Website.