Annual Report Submissions
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Programs are required to maintain their accreditation status throughout the five-year term of accreditation. This phase of the accreditation process is designed to routinely monitor a program's performance to ensure program accountability and continuous improvement, and to enhance outcomes for children. To maintain accreditation, all currently accredited programs must complete the tasks listed below.
Annual Report Requirements
- Continue to meet all required criteria, candidacy requirements and eligibility requirements
- Ensure that the program is continuing to meet the 10 NAEYC Early Learning Program Standards and Criteria
- Provide NAEYC with up-to-date information related to the program’s current daily operations and overall characteristics
- Submit annual report forms each year and pay the annual accreditation fee during all five years of accreditation
Tasks for programs
- Submit an annual report and annual accreditation fee at the end of the first, second, third, and fourth year accreditation anniversaries.
- Submit a remittance notice and annual accreditation fee at the end of the fifth year accreditation anniversary
- When completing annual reports, be sure to reflect on continuous quality improvement practices that were completed in the past 12 months as described in topic area 10.F. Program Evaluation, Accountability and Continuous Improvement
Annual reports will be reviewed by NAEYC staff to determine one of the following:
Annual Report Maintained—Programs will receive notification that they are meeting all necessary requirements.
Annual Report Maintained with Additional Verification—Programs will receive notification that NAEYC has identified an area of concern related to a program’s full compliance with NAEYC Early Learning Program Standards and Criteria. While this concern was not determined to be a serious violation, as a condition of accreditation, the program must submit to one of the following:
- Additional verification
- Withdrawal from the NAEYC Accreditation process
Annual Report Incomplete—Programs will receive notification that additional information or payment is needed.
Annual Report Revoked—Programs will receive notification that they are not meeting all necessary requirements.
Programs have the option to withdraw from the accreditation process at any time. Complete and submit the withdrawal form if your program chooses to officially withdraw. For more information on withdrawals, please visit our frequently asked questions.
Need help with accreditation?
Speak directly with NAEYC Early Learning Program staff about the NAEYC Accreditation process, educational qualifications, classes, and much more by contacting us at 1-800-424-2460, option 3.