Step 1: Enroll and Conduct Self-Study
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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 Assessment Items, using the 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, assessment items, 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.
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Enrollment Withdrawn: Programs will receive notification that requested additional information was not received by the due date.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.