• The NAEYC Commission on Early Childhood Associate Degree Accreditation awards accreditation to associate degree programs that demonstrate evidence of meeting the 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 180 institutions in 34 states accredited by the Commission on Early Childhood Associate Degree Accreditation.   More than 100 additional programs are currently in self-study in 37 states.
     

    Accreditation Scholarships

    Through support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, NAEYC is pleased to offer scholarships to select early childhood associate degree programs serving diverse populations that are interested in pursuing accreditation from the NAEYC Commission on Early Childhood Associate Degree Accreditation (ECADA). Scholarship applications must be received by September 7, 2015. Visit our scholarship page to learn more and to download an application.

    Summer 2015 Commission Decisions

    Associate Degree programs at ten 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.

  • 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 on the list?


    NAEYC is developing a national directory of early childhood higher education programs. Make sure your program is included.