Q1: How does NAEYC recommend programs approach Self-Study?
To complete a meaningful and productive Self-Study, NAEYC recommends that a program informally evaluate itself according to the NAEYC Early Childhood Program Standards and Accreditation Criteria and then identify and implement any program improvements necessary to align the program to the 10 Standards. Read more about Self-Study in the Guide to Self-Study, which is available in the TORCH Resource Library.
Q2: How can a program or individual obtain the NAEYC Self-Study Kit?
Programs that complete the Enrollment form as a part of Step 1: Enrollment/Self-Study will receive a PDF version of the Self-Study Kit ahead of an enhanced digital Self-Study Kit, which will be available in the near future.
Q3: What does the 2008 edition of the Self-Study Kit include?
The 2008 edition of the Self-Study Kit includes a Getting Started book and one book addressing each of the 10 NAEYC Early Childhood Accreditation Standards (except for Standards 7 and 8, which share one book). Programs will receive a PDF version of the Self-Study Kit once the Enrollment form has been approved. Programs that have an edition of the Self-Study Kit that was published before 2008 do not need to purchase an updated Self-Study Kit, but should refer to resources that supplement older versions of the Self-Study Kit in TORCH.
Q4: What will the enhanced digital Self-Study Kit include?
The new digital format of the Self-Study Kit will allow NAEYC to periodically update it, ensuring that programs always have access to a living document with up-to-date information and resources. In addition, readers will be able to bookmark and annotate key passages and then reference your notes through an intuitive interface. The digital Self-Study Kit will be available in the near future.
Q5: How can I supplement my program’s edition of the Self-Study Kit that was published prior to 2008?
Programs that have an edition of the Self-Study Kit that was published before 2008 do not need to purchase an updated Self-Study Kit, but should access the following updated information online through TORCH.
- Updated tools for Self-Study and Self-Assessment that were previously included on the CD-Rom in previous editions of the Self-Study Kit are now in the TORCH Resource Library. These tools have been revised to accommodate the 2008 Sources of Evidence.
- Updated Sources of Evidence for All Criteria that were published in individual Standards books and on the CD-ROM from previous editions of the Self-Study Kit are now accessible in the TORCH Criteria Search and in the TORCH Resource Library.
Q6: Can materials in the Self-Study Kit be photocopied for staff training purposes?
It is permissible to make copies of the materials in the Self-Study Kit for individual program use. Individuals may also access the NAEYC Accreditation Standards and Criteria free of charge through TORCH.
Note: All programs pursuing NAEYC Accreditation must complete Step 1: Enrollment/Self-Study through the submission of the Enrollment form.