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Training Sessions on NAEYC Accreditation at Institute


The 2014 National Institute for Early Childhood Professional Development is just around the corner. NAEYC Academy staff will present the following training seassions:


Through the Assessor's Eyes: How Classrooms are Observed during the NAEYC Site Visit

Classroom Portfolios as a Strategy for Professional Development

Maintaining Your Accreditation

Quality Practice Trends in NAEYC Accredited Programs


And don’t miss a brand new pre-Institute workshop on Saturday, June 7!


Revisions to Guidance Effective April 1, 2014


Twice a year, the NAEYC Academy revises "Guidance for Assessment," a supplement to NAEYC Early Childhood Program Standards and Accreditation Criteria. Guidance both explains how the criteria are assessed by NAEYC and clarifies the intent of the criteria. "Revised Guidance for Assessment - Effective April 1, 2014" provides programs with advance notice of important upcoming guidance changes. Read more about the criteria here.


Programs visited after April 1 will be assessed according to this revised guidance. The Self-Assessment tools available in the TORCH Resource Library have been updated to reflect these revisions.


Revisions to Criteria Effective April 1, 2014


In response to recent changes in best practice in the field of early childhood education, NAEYC will revise five Early Childhood Program Accreditation Criteria. Most of these changes have been incorporated into Guidance for Assessment over the past year; this spring, they will be expressed in the criterion language itself.


These revisions are in effect for programs pursuing or maintaining NAEYC Accreditation as of April 1, 2014. Learn more about these revisions.


Crib Assessment ends April 1


As of April 1, administrators of programs serving infants will be required to sign the Infant Sleep Equipment Acknowledgment Form. Don’t send this form directly to the NAEYC Academy! Instead, follow the instructions on the cover page of the form.


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 explores intersections among NAEYC Early Childhood Program Standards and Accreditation Criteria, Family Engagement, and Strengthening FamiliesTM.