NAEYC Accreditation of Early Learning Programs is committed to providing a seamless process as your program demonstrates meeting the NAEYC Accreditation Program Standards through a program portfolio. Recently, HMH Portfolios announced that they will be retiring their digital portfolio program. NAEYC will continue to accept HMH digital portfolio formats throughout this transition process.
We are in the middle of completing our portfolios online using HMH digital portfolio system. What will this change mean to our online portfolio work?
Customers with active HMH portfolio subscriptions will continue to have access to all features and functionality, and will receive support from HMH through the entirety of the retirement process phase out. NAEYC will still accept HMH digital portfolios, or your program can choose to export your data and no longer use the HMH platform.
Will we be able to export our current portfolios so we do not lose all of our work?
Customers with active HMH portfolio subscriptions will continue to have access to all features and functionality, and will receive support from HMH through the entirety of the retirement process. You may contact HMH directly for assistance with exporting your portfolio.
Is another online portfolio available to NAEYC Accredited programs?
NAEYC does not endorse or license any digital portfolio programs at this time. NAEYC-accredited programs have the option to transition the digital data into "hard-copy" program and classroom portfolios for the assessment site visit.
Note: Programs may also construct their own digital portfolios; some do it yourself sources are: PowerPoint slides, Word documents, and Google Docs, that can be used to format and organize portfolios digitally (i.e. scanning hard copy evidence).
HMH portfolios have outdated/inconsistent criteria – will centers be risking their accreditation by using this product?
In using any external tool, NAEYC always recommends referencing our Self-Assessment Materials. For some tips and strategies for using commercial digital portfolios, click here.
My program is currently preparing for a site visit – what are our options for using HMH portfolios?
NAEYC will continue to accept digital HMH portfolios, as long as programs are reflecting the current NAEYC Accreditation criteria in their portfolios. The current NAEYC Accreditation criteria for portfolios can be found within our Self-Assessment Materials under “classroom/program portfolio tools”.
My program is currently using HMH Portfolio for things other than NAEYC Accreditation. What are my options?
NAEYC only supports the retirement process for programs using HMH portfolio for NAEYC Accreditation. Please contact HMH for support with additional areas.
Is there NAEYC support for transitioning through the retirement of HMH portfolios?
Yes. NAEYC offers customized technical assistance to programs engaged in the NAEYC Accreditation process. Submit a consultation request today to speak with your regional NAEYC support specialist.
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