Step 4: Meeting the Standards
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Programs will demonstrate to an NAEYC assessor through observable and portfolio evidence how the program meets the NAEYC Early Learning Program Standards and Assessment Items. The site visit provides an independent assessment that the program fully meets NAEYC’s 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 is sent to NAEYC for scoring.
Site Visit Requirements:
- Meet all required criteria and eligibility requirements
- Meet the 10 NAEYC Early Learning Program Standards and Assessment Items by demonstrating that:
- At least 80 percent of the assessed items is met for each standard
- Each class observed meets at least 70 percent of assessed items
Tasks for Programs:
Demonstrate how your program meets the NAEYC Early Learning Programs Standards and Assessment Items
- Review the current pre-visit protocol and site visit protocol
- Review the administrator information packet
- Make sure the program portfolio and all classroom portfolios 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 item. 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.
You are viewing our streamlined accreditation process, which will be required May 31, 2018. The established process is available! During this transition period, programs may opt in to the streamlined model and be assessed using the streamlined process, if preferred. Beginning on May 31, 2018, the streamlined accreditation model will be required for all programs.
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.