Each of the 10 Early Learning Program Standards fall under one of these four categories. As the above chart illustrates, the majority of the standards focus on addressing the needs of young children–the most important stakeholders. The remainder of the content of the 10 standards focus on the programmatic structure that program administrators, teachers, and communities build to support quality educational experiences.
The 10 NAEYC Early Learning Prorgam Standards and Criteria benefit all stakeholders in early childhood education: children, teachers, families, program administrators, and the community. Each standard aligns with a stakeholder group, as shown in the Accreditation Standards and Criteria chart.
More on Standards and Criteria
Revised Criteria and Guidance for Assessment—Effective October 1, 2016 highlights any clarifications to criteria based on feedback from key stakeholders and reflections on best practices in the field.
NAEYC Early Learning Program Standards and Accreditation Criteria Guidance for Assessment explains how the criteria are assessed by NAEYC and clarifies the intent of each of the criteria.
NAEYC Early Learning Program Standards and Criteria: Additional Best Practices comprises 39 criteria that NAEYC does not currently assess but still considers best practices.
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