Q1: For how long is a program’s enrollment valid?
Programs that have enrolled in Self-Study (i.e., submitted the Enrollment form) will remain enrolled for two years. To maintain its status as an enrolled program after two years, a program must complete the Enrollment Maintenance form and submit an Enrollment Maintenance fee.* An Enrollment Maintenance fee will be due each year thereafter, until the program becomes an Applicant* (Step 2) for NAEYC Accreditation.
*Enrollment Maintenance and Application fees are non-refundable and non-transferable. Fees postmarked up to one month after the deadline will be assessed a late fee of $150.
Q2: How can a program begin the Self-Study process while waiting to receive the Self-Study Kit?
Programs will receive a PDF version of the Self-Study Kit once the Enrollment form has been approved. Programs may also use the resources available in TORCH to get started on their Self-Study while they wait for the enhanced digital Self-Study Kit to arrive.
Q3: Can the Enrollment form be faxed or submitted online?
NAEYC requires that enrollment forms and full payment be submitted to NAEYC by mail to the post office box indicated on the Enrollment form. Enrollment forms submitted via fax or email will not be accepted at this time. NAEYC accepts the postmark date of the Enrollment form as the submission date. NAEYC recommends that programs obtain written confirmation of receipt of all forms sent to NAEYC P.O. Boxes. Please discuss tracking options with your local Post Office. NAEYC is not able to sign for materials that are delivered to a P.O. Box by an individual courier such as UPS or FedEx.
Q4: Can a program skip Enrollment and move directly to Step 2: Application/Self-Assessment if it already has a Self-Study Kit?
All programs seeking initial accreditation and all programs accredited prior to January 2007 must complete the Enrollment form before submitting an Application. Programs that have obtained the Self-Study Kit through any means other than the submission of an Enrollment form have not completed Step 1: Enrollment/Self-Study and may not move on to Step 2: Application/Self-Assessment.
More information about enrollment and reaccreditation for programs accredited after January 2007 will be shared via the Accreditation E-Update and this website.
Q5: Can a program submit an Enrollment form and an Application at the same time?
If a program is willing to commit to a Candidacy due date and complete the Self-Assessment within a defined timeframe, the Enrollment form and Application can be submitted at the same time. While it is not recommended, this option is available for programs pursuing accreditation on an accelerated timeframe. Programs should review the Tools for Self-Assessment in TORCH before committing to a Candidacy due date upon submission of the Application.
Programs that wish to submit an Enrollment form and an Application at the same time should adhere to the following procedures:
1. Send the Enrollment form and Application together in one envelope and mail it to the P.O. Box indicated on the Application form.
2. Make sure to include a note with your Application stating that you are submitting your Enrollment and Application forms together. You may include one check or purchase order to cover the cost of both Enrollment and Application.
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