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Since 2011, NAEYC and the Connecticut Charts-A-Course Accreditation Facilitation Project (CCAC/AFP) have worked to support Connecticut programs seeking NAEYC Accreditation. Programs in Connecticut may use verified data from the CCAC Early Childhood Professional Registry to create reports of staff education qualifications for submission to the NAEYC Academy, thereby streamlining the accreditation process.
In 2011, NAEYC developed a comparison and analysis of the IdahoSTARS QRIS Standards for Child Care Centers and NAEYC Early Childhood Program Standards and Accreditation Criteria. NAEYC identified intersections between the two systems’ respective standards and demonstrated the extent to which the two systems are aligned. This project ultimately produced recommendations as to how programs could meet IdahoSTARS and then build toward NAEYC Accreditation, as well as to how NAEYC-Accredited programs could complete IdahoSTARS.
NAEYC and the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care are currently piloting an assessment protocol that aligns NAEYC Accreditation of Programs for Young Children with Massachusetts’ Quality Rating and Improvement System (MA-QRIS). Programs in Massachusetts will have the opportunity to pursue both MA-QRIS and NAEYC Accreditation in a coordinated manner, thereby engaging in a streamlined process that reduces redundancy and allows programs to focus on providing quality experiences to children and families. The pilot will align the visit process for both accreditation systems and develop reporting methods that combine assessment results for MA-QRIS and NAEYC Accreditation.
In 2012, NAEYC developed a comparison and analysis of the Great Start to Quality Program Standards with NAEYC Early Childhood Accreditation Criteria. This project included an analysis of the Michigan QRIS framework and documents, as well as a side-by-side comparison of the respective systems.
In 2013, NAEYC worked with the Rhode Island Department of Education to produce a comparison and analysis of NAEYC Early Childhood Program Accreditation Criteria and BrightStars, Rhode Island’s Comprehensive Early Childhood Education Program Standards.