Programs are required to maintain their accreditation status throughout the five-year term of accreditation. This phase of the accreditation process is designed to routinely monitor a program's performance to ensure program accountability and continuous improvement, and to enhance outcomes for children. To maintain accreditation, all currently accredited programs must complete the tasks listed below.
Maintaining Requirements for Programs
Programs are required to submit forms annually and pay the annual accreditation fee for all five years of accreditation
- Continue to meet all required criteria, candidacy requirements, and eligibility requirements
- Ensure that the program is continuing to meet the 10 NAEYC Early Learning Program Standards and Criteria
- Provide NAEYC with up-to-date information related to the program’s current daily operations and overall characteristics
Tasks for programs
- Programs are required to pay an annual accreditation fee on the anniversary of their accreditation during all five years they remain accredited
- An annual report is due by the anniversary of their accreditation for the first, second, third, and fourth years of accreditation. The annual accreditation fee should be paid when filing the report.
- In fifth year of accreditation, a program must complete the renewal materials to avoid a lapse in accreditation and additional accreditation fees
- Submit a remittance notice and annual accreditation fee at the end of the 5th year accreditation anniversary
- Programs are required to agree to additional verification by adhering to NAEYC’s verification of continued compliance policy
Programs are required to update NAEYC within:
- 72 hours of a critical incident
- 30 days of programmatic changes
Speak directly with NAEYC Early Learning Program staff about the NAEYC Accreditation process, educational qualifications, groups, and much more by submitting a Consultation Request.