Renewal Site Visit
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Programs will demonstrate their competency and understanding of the NAEYC Program Standards to an NAEYC assessor through evidence gathered by observationand reflections in a portfolio. The site visit provides an independent assessment that a program fully meets NAEYC’s Early Learning Program Standards. 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 collected is sent to NAEYC for scoring.
Site Visit Requirements
- Meet all required criteria and eligibility requirements
- Meet each of the 10 standards at a 80% Pass Rate
- Meet all required assessment items
- For each class observed, meet 70% of the assessment items.
Tasks for Programs
Demonstrate how your program meets the 10 NAEYC Early Learning Program Standards and Assessment Items
- Gather evidence using the accreditation resources
- Review the current previsit protocol and site visit protocol
- Review the Administrator Information Packet
- Make sure the program portfolio and all class portfolios are complete and in one location
- Receive contact from your assigned assessor
- Receive a visit schedule form (choose one exclusion date per month)
- Receive a 15-day window for the visit
- Receive a call one day before the visit
- 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—Program will receive notification that they meet the site visit requirements.
Accredited with Additional Verification Required—NAEYC has identified an area of concern related to full compliance with a required items. While this concern was not determined to be a serious violation, as a condition of accreditation, programs must submit to one of the following:
- Verification visit
- Withdrawal from the NAEYC Accreditation process and resubmission of the application (Step 2) to continue towards NAEYC Accreditation
Accreditation Deferred—Program will receive notification that they do not meet site visit requirements. Programs must submit an option form by an established due date. The program will be offered the following options:
- Continue toward NAEYC Accreditation by submitting 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 it is notified of the 15-day window. Submitting the postponement form and applicable fee will postpone the visit for one calendar month.
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.