In 2014, the NAEYC Academy will pilot the System-Wide Program Portfolio Evidence Review. This new process aims to make the Program Portfolio creation and revision processes less burdensome for program administrators formally pursuing or maintaining NAEYC Accreditation across the country.
Who can apply?
Any system that comprises multiple early childhood programs operating under the same policies and procedures is eligible for the System-Wide Program Portfolio Evidence Review.
How does it work?
The System-Wide Program Portfolio Evidence Review consists of two steps:
- Crosswalk of policies and procedures
- Pilot assessment of programs
Step 1: Crosswalk
Once a system’s application to participate in the pilot has been approved, that system will send its overarching policy and procedural documentation to the NAEYC Academy. After an independent review, NAEYC Academy staff with demonstrated inter-rater reliability will determine which system-wide Program Portfolio criteria are met by this documentation. The resulting crosswalk will explain which system-wide Program Portfolio criteria were met and not met by the collection of documentation provided.
After receiving the crosswalk from the NAEYC Academy, the system in question will have 30 days to address any criteria that were not met before moving on to Step 2.
Step 2: Pilot assessment
Once a system’s crosswalk has been completed, that system will communicate to its program administrators which system-wide Program Portfolio criteria were met. All programs operating within that system are now known to meet the system-wide criteria; program administrators only need to account for program-specific criteria in their Program Portfolios, significantly streamlining the portfolio creation and revision processes.
On the day of the site visit, an NAEYC Assessor will verify whether the program operates within a system that has participated in the pilot. Then, the Assessor will use a pre-populated Program Portfolio tool that already accounts for the system-wide evidence, resulting in an assessment that focuses exclusively on the program-specific evidence provided by the program administrator in the Program Portfolio.
Is there a fee for service?
A system whose application is accepted will be charged an initial fee to participate in the pilot. After successful completion of the pilot, an annual review fee will be assessed, which will allow the NAEYC Academy to ensure that all system-wide Program Portfolio evidence remains current and any updated or revised policy continues to meet the requirements for NAEYC Accreditation.
When can systems apply?
Any system may apply for the pilot now. Click here to submit an application.