Overview || Candidacy Staff Quals || Criteria Staff Quals
Throughout the NAEYC accreditation process, your program’s staff qualifications will be assessed according to the following measures:
Candidacy Requirements related to staff qualifications
Criteria related to teaching staff qualifications, including 6.A.05 and 6.A.06
Candidacy Requirements assess teaching staff qualifications at a lower threshold than criteria 6.A.05 and 6.A.06. Programs are required to meet all Candidacy Requirements in order to be eligible for a site visit.
To demonstrate the high quality necessary for NAEYC Accreditation, criteria 6.A.05 and 6.A.06 are also used to evaluate your teaching staff qualifications and contribute to the accreditation decision. NAEYC recognizes that criteria 6.A.05 and 6.A.06 may be challenging for a program to meet due to the availability of educational and/or financial resources. Criteria 6.A.05 and 6.A.06 are not required, but will always be assessed and contribute to the overall accreditation decision that follows the site visit. Programs must demonstrate their quality during the site visit by meeting at least 80% of all criteria upon which they are assessed within each of the ten standards with no one classroom falling below 70%.
How and when does NAEYC assess staff qualifications?
Documentation of staff qualifications for criteria 6.A.05 and 6.A.06 is submitted directly to the NAEYC Academy on the program’s Candidacy due date. Due to the time and level of expertise necessary to evaluate these qualifications, NAEYC Assessors do not review staff qualifications for criteria 6.A.05 and 6.A.06 during the site visit. Rather, an Accreditation Coordinator reviews all materials related to the Candidacy Requirements, criteria 6.A.05, and criteria 6.A.06 at the NAEYC Headquarters in Washington DC. If a program is accepted as a Candidate, the Accreditation Coordinator’s evaluation of whether or not criteria 6.A.05 and 6.A.06 are met will be combined with the data collected by the NAEYC Assessor during the site visit to determine the program’s score in each standard.