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NAEYC Accreditation

NAEYC Accreditation

National Association for the Education of Young Children

NAEYC Purpose

The purpose of the National Academy of Early Childhood (division of NAEYC) is to improve the quality of care and education provided for young children in all types of preschools, kindergartens, child care centers and school-age child care programs.

NAEYC Eligibility

Serve a minimum of 10 children within the age group birth to five in part or full day group programs and/or school-age children served before and/or after school with at least two adults present.

In operation at least 1 year prior to accreditation.

Licensed by appropriate state/local licensing agency. If licensed-exempt, demonstrate compliance with its own standards for early childhood programs.

Include the entire program than comes under the eligibility criteria in the self-study and validation process.

NAEYC Accreditation Process

Self-Study Process: The program personnel and parents conduct a self-study to determine how well the program meets the criteria and make needed improvements.

Validation Visit: Trained validators make an onsite visit to verify the accuracy of the program description.

Accreditation Decision: A three-person commission considers the validated program description and makes a final accreditation decision.

For more information about NAEYC call 1.800.424.2460, ext. 360 or visit