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A New Pilot Program from the NAEYC Academy


This summer, the NAEYC Academy will pilot the System-Wide Program Portfolio Evidence Review. This new pilot aims to make the Program Portfolio creation and revision processes less burdensome for program administrators across the country. Systems comprising multiple early childhood programs can learn more and apply here.


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 will be 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.


Preparing Classrooms and Teaching Staff to Demonstrate Quality during the NAEYC Site Visit


On September 18, visit the NAEYC Academy in Washington, DC for a full-day training opportunity. Learn how NAEYC Assessors evaluate group-specific evidence during an NAEYC site visit so that teaching staff know how best to prepare themselves, their classroom environment, and their classroom portfolios for assessment. Join this workshop to:


Use Observable Criteria and Program Portfolio tools to make group quality improvements

Create a sample Classroom Portfolio that reflects high-quality practices

Discuss effective strategies leading up to observations


Note: This workshop is designed for early childhood professionals working with center- and school-based programs serving young children with prior knowledge of NAEYC Accreditation who want more in-depth knowledge of how to prepare for the assessment of their groups through classroom observations and Classroom Portfolios.

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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 NAEYC Early Childhood Program Accreditation Criteria—Effective April 1, 2014”—In response to recent changes in best practices in the field of early childhood education, NAEYC has revised five Early Childhood Program Accreditation Criteria.


"Revised Guidance for Assessment—Effective April 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.


Infant Sleep Equipment Protocol—Beginning April 1, 2014, cribs and infant sleep equipment have not been assessed on visits. Review this protocol for more information.