Established Step 4: Meeting the Standards
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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.
Programs will demonstrate to an NAEYC assessor through observable, survey, and portfolio evidence how the program meets the NAEYC Early Learning Program Standards and Criteria. The site visit provides an independent assessment that the program fully meets NAEYC’s program standards and criteria. During the site visit, an NAEYC assessor will collect data on the program, based on observations and evidence the program compiled during self-assessment. Following the site visit, the data is sent to NAEYC for scoring.
Site Visit Requirements:
- Meet all required criteria, candidacy requirements, and eligibility requirements
- Meet the 10 NAEYC Early Learning Program Standards and Criteria by demonstrating that:
- At least 80 percent of the assessed criteria is met for each standard
- Each group observed is meets at least 70 percent of assessed criteria
Tasks for Programs:
Demonstrate how your program meets the 10 NAEYC Early Learning Program Standards and Criteria
- Review the current pre-visit protocol and site visit protocol
- Review the administrator information packet
- Make sure the program portfolio and all classroom portfolios, family surveys, teaching staff surveys, and survey tally sheets are complete and in one location
- Receive contact from your assigned assessor:
- Receive a visit scheduling form (choose one exclusion date per month)
- Receive a 15-day window
- Receive business-day-prior call informing you of the actual visit day
- Participate in the site visit
- Complete an evaluation (after the site visit)
Programs will receive one of the following accreditation decisions within three months of the site visit.
Accredited—Programs will receive notification that they meet site visit requirements.
Accredited with Additional Verification Required—Programs will receive notification that NAEYC has identified an area of concern related to a program’s full compliance with a required criterion. 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:
- Verification visit
- Withdrawal from the NAEYC Accreditation process and resubmit an application (Step 2) to continue toward NAEYC Accreditation
Deferred—Programs will receive notification that they do not meet site visit requirements. The program must submit an option form by an established due date to continue or appeal. The program will be offered the following options:
- Continue toward NAEYC Accreditation by resubmitting a new application and fee
- Appeal the candidacy decision by moving forward with the formal appeal process
A program can choose to postpone a site visit for any reason once they are notified of the 15-day window. Submitting the postponement form and applicable fee will postpone the visit for one calendar month. For more information on postponement, 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.