The 2018 Accreditation Process and Standards
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Are you prepared for the 2018 Transition? Four Tips to Get You Ready
You spoke, we listened, and made significant enhancements to the accreditation process and standards. To prepare for this transition please pay close attention to the standards, dates, forms and resources.
1. Use the right accreditation standards
Revisions to the NAEYC Early Learning Program Accreditation Standards and Assessment Items were approved by the Council on the Accreditation of Early Learning Programs in January 2018. All site visits occurring after July 1, 2018 will be assessed using the NAEYC Early Learning Program Accreditation Standards and Assessment Items unless otherwise noted. Please review the dates below to learn more about the transition timeline.
2. Pay attention to the postmark and visit dates
Candidacy and renewal forms postmarked before March 15, 2018, have a choice between option 1 and option 2. Candidacy and renewal forms postmarked after March 15, 2018, will be assessed using the NAEYC Early Learning Program Accreditation Standards and Assessment Items
Postmarked after March 15, 2018
3. Use the appropriate candidacy and renewal forms
Programs submitting after March 15, 2018 must use the candidacy and renewal forms posted in your program records on March 1, 2018. These forms will help ensure that you and the NAEYC assessor visiting your program are using the same version of the accreditation standards.
4. Use NAEYC resources
We want you to be successful so we’ve updated resources and tools to support your accreditation efforts. The intent of the newly approved standards and assessment items are similar to the accreditation criteria and indicators but there are some key differences.
Data from the 2017 accreditation pilot indicate that programs are most successful when they use NAEYC resources to deepen their understanding of the NAEYC Early Learning Program Accreditation Standards and Assessment Items. We encourage you to use NAEYC resources.
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.