Established Step 1: Enroll and Conduct Self-Study
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You are viewing our established accreditation process, which will be phased out on May 31, 2018. The new streamlined model is available now! During this transition period, programs may opt out of the streamlined model and continue to be assessed using the established process, if preferred. Beginning on May 31, 2018, the streamlined accreditation model will be required for all programs.
Enrollment is the first step of the accreditation process and is designed to create a shared understanding of the NAEYC Accreditation of Early Learning Programs. The self-study process—a key part of enrollment—is an ongoing practice for programs to use to strengthen quality. Intended to engage all stakeholders in your program, the self-study is a collaborative process that strives to conduct a thorough self-study that is meaningful to all stakeholders.
Requirements For Programs
None—Open to any program interested in using the self-study materials for program improvement.
Tasks for Programs:
Align your program with the NAEYC Early Learning Program Standards and Criteria, using the electronic self-study materials and tools found online on TORCH, to evaluate, inform improvement efforts, and plan an accreditation timeline.
- Complete and submit the enrollment form and fee
- Review and plan your program's timelines for pursuing accreditation
- Create a shared understanding of the key concepts about accreditation, program standards, criteria, and implications for the program
- Gather information using the self-study materials
- Determine strengths and challenges
- Develop improvement plans, as needed
- Make improvements and document progress
- Evaluate results and determine next steps
Enrollment Complete: Programs will receive notification that they successfully enrolled in the NAEYC Accreditation process, along with access to the self-study materials.
Enrollment Incomplete: Programs will receive notification that additional information or payment is needed.
Enrollment Withdrawn: Programs will receive notification that requested additional information was not received by the due date.
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.