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2015 National Institute for Early Childhood Professional Development

The 2015 National Institute for Early Childhood Professional Development (PDI) will be held June 7-10, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Join the NAEYC Academy as we host a pre-conference workshops geared towards Continuous Quality Improvement through Program Portfolio Creation and Revision. To view the Academy sessions  at a glance, please click here. To register for this year's Institute please visit our website


2015 Week of the Young Child: Celebrating Our Youngest Learners!

Since 1971, each year NAEYC has sponsored The Week of the Young Child (WOYC). WOYC is designed to bring attention to the needs of young children and their families and to recognize early childhood programs and services that meet those needs. 


This year we saw tons of participation from our NAEYC communities. We are overwhelmed with joy looking at all the pictures, videos, responses, etc. that we have received for the 2015 WOYC. We thank everyone who participated and contributed into making WOYC such a successful experience. 


One of our NAEYC Accredited programs, Lacey Learning Center in Lacey, Washington put together a great video documenting their week. Please take the time to view this awesome video.

We look forward to your participation next year from April 10-16, 2016. 


Consultations with NAEYC Academy staff

Get answers to your questions and concerns about the NAEYC Accreditation process, educational qualifications, groups and much more by speaking directly with NAEYC Academy staff. Submit a Consultation Request to schedule a time and date for a 15, 30, or 45-minute consultation about NAEYC Accreditation. 


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.



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 April 1,2015"— All programs visited after April 1 will be assesed based on this guidance. Please note that revisions made to Criterion 5.A. 12 will go into effect beginning June 1, 2015. Many guidance changes reflect research-based updates of recommended practices. Criteria language was not changed for this update; instead, new guidance directs you how the criterion or indicator will now be rated. Read more about the criteria and past revisions to Guidance here. Visit Torch to download updated Tools for Self-Assessment reflecting these revisions. 


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.