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Keeping NAEYC informed about changes and incidents is an essential part of maintaining NAEYC Accreditation. Doing so helps ensure that accredited programs are continuing to meet the 10 NAEYC Early Learning Program Standards.
Requirements for Programs
- Programs are responsible for providing NAEYC with up-to-date information
- Report all programmatic changes within 30 days of a change
- Notify NAEYC within 72 hours of any critical incident that may impact program quality
Tasks for Programs
Report all programmatic changes using the self-report form within 30 days of a change. This includes changes to:
- Program name
- Designated program administrator
- Program contact information
- Change of location
- Physical facility or grounds (due to damage, renovations, etc.)
- Ownership or vendor
- Merger with another program
- Addition of a new age category
- Satellite location addition or deletion (must meet satellite location requirements)
- Receipt of a court order or notification of a legal action
Notify NAEYC of any critical incident that may impact program quality within 72 hours of occurrence. These include:
- The death of any child
- A critical injury or harm of a child caused by the action or inaction of program staff or any adult connected to the program
- An suspected physical or psychological abuse of a child by program staff or any adult connected to the program
- Any situation that threatens or compromises the essential health or safety of any child
- Revocation or suspension of the program's license to operate as outlined in the eligibility requirements.
- Any operational disruption that prevents a program from serving children for any period of time.
Programs submitting a 72 hour notification form to NAEYC will be required to redact (i.e., remove or obscure) confidential or sensitive information, such as the names of children and teaching staff. 72-hour notification forms are reviewed by staff and then sent to the Early Learning Programs Scope and Severity Committee. Redaction of sensitive information is the best way to ensure confidentiality of persons and organizations. For more information about what information should be redacted, click here.
Possible Outcomes upon review
Accreditation Maintained—Programs will receive notification that no further information or action is required.
Accreditation Require Additional Verification—Programs will receive notification that the change requires additional verification
Accreditation Revoked—Programs will receive notification that their NAEYC Accreditation is revoked.
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.