NAEYC Accreditation of programs for young children represents the mark of quality in early childhood education. NAEYC Accreditation began in 1985 with the goal of providing an accrediting system that would raise the level of early childhood programs. Today, over 6,500 programs are NAEYC Accredited.
NAEYC accredited programs invest in early childhood education because they believe in the benefits to children and families. Early childhood experiences—from birth to age 8—have an enormous impact on children’s lifelong learning and positively contribute to their health and development. Early childhood education programs with the mark of quality benefit children with greater readiness for and success in school.
It is for this reason that parents and families are seeking out NAEYC-accredited programs. Parents choosing an early childhood education program can be overwhelmed by trying to find the highest-quality program for their child. NAEYC Accreditation is the mark of quality that families are looking for. NAEYC Accreditation gives families the chance to make the Right Choice for Kids.
"I know it is a lot of work, but in the long run, your center, your children and your families will reap the benefits."
– Diane Rudash, Director of Lasting Impressions Child Development Center
“It’s great to have a consensus (NAEYC Accreditation) throughout the field.”
– Alissa Levey Baugh, Director, Early Childhood Services
Benefits of being an NAEYC Accredited Program:
Helps to build a stronger team of teachers, administrators, and families working together to improve quality for children
Improved standards for the overall program
Recognition through NAEYC, including program listing on the NAEYC website in the Program Search section
Announcement of program’s accreditation in the NAEYC Early Learning News weekly newsletter to programs, members, media, and others
Use of NAEYC Accredited logo for marketing purposes
Attracts more families to enroll their children in your program
To find an Accredited program in your area:
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