Early Learning Program Accreditation

For more than 30 years, we have worked together with program staff across the country to implement best practices and develop a consistent understanding of how to achieve and maintain high quality.

Due to the pandemic, NAEYC Accreditation of Early Learning Programs released a new option for programs to become accredited or maintain their accreditation if a standard accreditation site visit is not possible. Learn more about Provisional Accreditation

Getting Started


 Learn about the benefits of accreditation, overview of the standards & read policies. 

What's the Process?

Learn about the four steps of the accreditation process, view fees & understand the standards & assessment measures.

Support and Resources

View a variety of support services to help programs & agencies learn more about accreditation. 

Administrative Support

Provisional Accreditation

A  new pathway for programs to engage in the accreditation process during this time if an onsite observation visit is not possible.

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Looking for a form? You're in the right place! All the forms you'll need throughout the accreditation process are accessible here.

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Accredited Program Search

NAEYC maintains a list of programs that are currently accredited to assist individuals in finding NAEYC-accredited programs in their area. 

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Accreditation Portal Log in

Log in to the Accreditation Portal.  You now are able to advance through the accreditation process at a pace that is right for you. 

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Accessing Accreditation Data for Research Purposes

Some of the accreditation data on program characteristics and quality is now available for researchers to access to advance the field’s knowledge about quality early learning and care.

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