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Updated Fees for NAEYC Accreditation - Effective January 1, 2015


NAEYC’s commitment to the program administrators and teaching staff who pursue quality improvement through NAEYC Accreditation—and to the children and families who ultimately benefit from that inspiring work—has never been stronger. In order to continue supporting early childhood programs and strengthening the accreditation system, NAEYC has taken steps to ensure the long-term viability of NAEYC Accreditation.


After careful consideration, the fees for pursuing and maintaining NAEYC Accreditation have been increased starting January 1, 2015. Click here for more information. We understand that these updated fees will affect your program, and we welcome your questions and concerns.


Redacting Information from the 72 Hour Notification Form

Beginning April 1st, programs submitting a 72-Hour Notification Form to NAEYC will be required to redact (i.e., remove or obscure) confidential or sensitive information, such as the names of children and teaching staff. 72-Hour Notification Forms are reviewed by staff and then sent to the Academy’s Scope and Severity Committee. Redaction of sensitive information is the best way to ensure confidentiality of persons and organizations. For more information about what information should be redacted, click here.


Apply to Join the Council for NAEYC Accreditation

The Council for NAEYC Accreditation, which monitors the operations of the NAEYC Academy for Early Childhood Program Accreditation, seeks a diverse pool of applicants to fill three upcoming Council vacancies for a three-year term beginning September 2015.


The application is open to any NAEYC member! To learn more about the Council’s role, visit our website. To apply for this position, please, click here. The deadline is April 3, 2015. 


New Trend Brief Now Available


Trend Briefs share data collected through the NAEYC Accreditation process and connect those findings to early childhood education research trends. NAEYC is proud to announce a new Trend Brief that considers the importance of family engagement, a concept that is robustly assessed through NAEYC Accreditation. Read more about Trend Briefs here.


Catch Up with the Latest Accreditation Updates


"Revised Guidance for Assessment—Effective October 1,2014"—Guidance both explains how the criteria are assessed by NAEYC and clarifies the intent of the criteria. Read more about the criteria and past revisions to Guidance here.


Criterion 5.A.03: Resource for Programs—Use this resource to ensure that your program meets Required Criterion 5.A.03. If you have any questions or concerns, contact the NAEYC Academy at for clarification regarding the current requirements for 5.A.03.