The vision of the Illinois Association for the Education of Young Children is that every young child in Illinois will have access to the highest quality of care and education. For more than 80 years, Illinois AEYC's parent organization, the National Association for the Education of Young Children, "has worked to raise the quality of programs for all children from birth t birth through age eight. A major part of NAEYC's efforts to improve early childhood education is through a system of accreditation for programs that are committed to meeting national standards of quality:

In 1985, NAEYC established a national, voluntary accreditation system to set professional standards for early childhood education programs, and to help families identify high-quality programs. NAEYC Accreditation provides the benchmarks which programs measure themselves against a national set of standards.

SAMentor on Call

Contact our SAMentor On Call with questions regarding Accreditation:  Amy Law (NAEYC Questions) or Suzette Turner (NAC Questions).


The Online Resource Center Headquarters to support program quality improvement through NAEYC Accreditation for Early Childhood Programs.

TORCH is an online community that includes the following:

  • Resources to help you easily access and develop your understanding of the NAEYC Accreditation Criteria
  • Tools and resources to support programs in all steps of the NAEYC Accreditation process
  • A calendar indicating important NAEYC due dates
  • A Help Desk through which you can submit questions to the NAEYC Accreditation Program Support Information Center

Self register today by following these steps in this attachment  PopUpTORCHRegistration.pdf