Programs must demonstrate how they meet specific requirements throughout the four-step NAEYC accreditation process. The chart below indicates all requirements associated with each of the four steps of the accreditation process.
|Step 1: Enrollment/Self-Study||No requirements - Open to any program interested in using the Self-Study Tools for program improvement|
|Step 2: Application/Self-Assessment||Eligibility Requirements|
|Step 3: Candidacy||Candidacy Requirements, including educational qualifications required for teaching staff and designated program administrator|
|Step 4: Meeting the Standards / Accreditation Decision||Site Visit Requirements|