Early Learning Program Accreditation Renewal Process
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The renewal process is designed to assist accredited programs with the planning of renewal due dates in order to pursue a new five year term with a seamless transition for successful programs. Before a site visit can be scheduled, accredited programs submit “renewal materials” on the due date. Refer to NAEYC Accreditation Timelines for due dates.
Renewal materials consist of:
- A form in which the program describes in detail their classes, ages served, sites and staff. They reaffirm license/regulatory status, and acknowledge their rights and responsibilities in the accreditation process.
- As part of their description of professional staff, renewal materials may include documentation staff educational qualifications when relevant. Staff are not required to meet any level of formal education in order for the program to be approved as a candidate for accreditation
Programs receive a renewal decision from NAEYC Accreditation of Early Learning Programs within six months of their renewal due date.
- Renewal is approved if all documentation has been submitted and no further information is needed. Approved renewals can expect a site visit within six months of the renewal due date.
- Renewal is deferred if the program fail to submit complete renewal materials or fees in a timely fashion. If renewal is deferred, programs must return to Step 2, submitting a new application form and fee to receive a new candidacy due date.