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Processes that guide NAEYC operations
NAEYC’s accreditation system is the standard bearer for high-quality early learning programs.
NAEYC works to:
- Recognize early childhood programs that perform in compliance with the NAEYC Early Learning Program Standards and Criteria, as demonstrated through satisfactory performance of the accreditation criteria and
- Be responsive to its multiple customers
NAEYC establishes and maintains a clearly defined process for pursuing, achieving, and maintaining NAEYC Accreditation. The intent is to ensure that early childhood programs meet NAEYC’s definition of excellence and to increase the system's accountability for the well-being of children, families, and all customers of NAEYC Accreditation.
Major Accreditation Policies
- 72-hour notification policy
- Accreditation status policy
- Assessor system policy
- Candidacy policy
- Complaint policy
- Compliance with required criteria policy
- Decision appeals policy
- Eligibility policy
- Extenuating circumstances policy
- Program review policy
- Scope and Severity Committee policy
- Scope and Severity Decision policy
- Verification of continued program compliance policy
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.