Leadership and Management: A Guide to the NAEYC Early Childhood Program Standard and Related Accreditation Criteria

Sharon Ritchie & Barbara Willer, eds.
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Although all standards are important, in essence, high quality, effective leadership and management refer to the oversight, organization, and execution of the content of all the other NAEYC Program Standards. Without strong leadership and management, it is virtually impossible to provide comprehensive quality service and to support staff efforts to meet the needs of children and families. This resource focuses on NAEYC's Leadership and Management Program Standard.


The field of early childhood is in great need of leadership—people who can continue to advocate for young children and their families, people who have a voice and conscience about what is good for all children, and people who can strongly affect the future of early childhood care. Examine and enhance the leadership that you and your program provide, and find out what you can do to make the most significant impact.


This is one of nine booklets addressing the Standards and Criteria specific to NAEYC Accreditation of early childhood education programs. Be advised that if your program enrolls in NAEYC Self-Study (the first step toward Accreditation) it will receive a copy of this booklet, among other resources, as part of the cost of enrollment. For guidance on the self-study and accreditation processes, visit www.naeyc.org/academy.