• The NAEYC Commission on Early Childhood Associate Degree Accreditation awards accreditation to associate degree programs that demonstrate evidence of meeting the NAEYC Professional Preparation Standards.  Accreditation provides a framework for self study, external evaluation and improvement in the quality of teacher preparation programs.  There are currently programs at 177 institutions in 33 states accredited by the Commission on Early Childhood Associate Degree Accreditation.   Nearly 75 additional programs are currently in self-study.

    Spring 2016 Commission Decisions

    Associate Degree programs at two institutions earned Early Childhood Associate Degree Accreditation and programs at eight institutions earned renewed accreditation at the most recent meeting of the Commission on Early Childhood Associate Degree Accreditation. Learn more in our latest press release, or visit our Accredited Program Search page to see a list of all accredited programs.

    Celebrating ECADA's 10th Year Anniversary

    NAEYC is excited to celebrate the Early Childhood Associate Degree Accreditation system turning ten-years old!  We will honor this milestone in the coming months, and we would like to start by collecting stories about the impact of accreditation on early childhood associate degree programs.  If you are an ECADA program, please take a few moments to share a short narrative on the impact of accreditation on your program. Submit Your Narrative »

    NAEYC's Higher Education Accreditation System is Expanding!

    As part of NAEYC’s operationalization of its Strategic Direction, which focuses, in part, on advancing the early childhood profession, NAEYC is expanding its higher education accreditation system to accredit nonlicensure and licensure programs at the associate, baccalaureate and master’s degree levels.  We are in the midst of beginning a pilot for the expansion.  If you are interested in learning more about the pilot, please contact Mary Harrill.

    Accreditation Policy Updates

    NAEYC has recently updated its extension policies and fully implemented its site visit fee policies. Learn More »

  • Interested in becoming a peer reviewer?

    NAEYC's accreditation system depends on the commitment and professionalism of our peer reviewers.
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    What are the benefits of accreditation?

    Marketing materials are available to help you make the case for seeking accreditation for your early childhood associate degree program. 

    Is your program included?

    NAEYC is developing a national directory of all early childhood higher education programs in the United States and its territories. Make sure your program is included.