What we do
Children across the country urgently need access to high-quality early education every day. The more we learn about children's positive outcomes resulting from high-quality early education, the more we understand how critical is it for programs to implement best practices and have a consistent understanding of how to achieve and maintain high quality. For more than 30 years, some 7,000 programs have relied on the NAEYC Accreditation of Early Learning Programs process to improve their ability to meet the developmental and learning needs of more than one million young children.
How we help
NAEYC Accreditation is a transformative quality-improvement system that sets professional standards for early learning programs and helps families identify programs of the highest quality. Using a set of 10 research-based program standards, NAEYC Accreditation collaborates with early education centers to recognize great work already under way and to work together to understand and address areas that need improvement.
Each of the 10 Early Learning Program Standards fall under one of these four categories. As the above chart illustrates, the majority of the standards focus on addressing the needs of young children–the most important stakeholders. The remainder of the content of the 10 standards focus on the programmatic structure that program administrators, teachers, and communities build to support quality educational experiences.
Who we are
The NAEYC Accreditation staff is based in Washington, DC, but our team of more than 30 assessors is always on the road conducting site visits to programs. Every one of our assessors has been rigorously trained to evaluate programs consistently and reliably in accordance with the NAEYC program standards. Collectively, our team of assessors boasts a 95 percent reliability rating—the highest in the field.
Speak directly with NAEYC Early Learning Program staff about the NAEYC Accreditation process, educational qualifications, groups, and much more by submitting a Consultation Request.