The accreditation process involves four steps:
Program personnel and parents conduct a self-study to determine how
well the program meets the Academy's Criteria, make needed
improvements, and report the compliance with the Criteria on the
Program Description form provided by the Academy.
Enrollment in Self-Study is the first of four steps
toward achieving NAEYC Accreditation. It is an essential step toward
achieving NAEYC Accreditation, but programs may also enroll even if
they do not expect to proceed with the other steps toward NAEYC
Accreditation in the near future.
When the program submits its completed Candidacy Materials**, the
program is eligible to become a Candidate for NAEYC Accreditation.
Through candidacy, NAEYC is establishing baseline requirements that
must be met before the Academy arranges a site visit. These baseline
requirements address fundamental aspects of program quality that are
essential to the accountability of NAEYC Accreditation.
the site visit, NAEYC will inform the program of its Accreditation
Decision: Accredited, Deferred or Denied. An NAEYC-accredited program
is the mark of quality in early childhood education - display your
NAEYC accreditation certificate with pride! In order to maintain your
accreditation throughout your five-year term, you must submit Annual
Reports and complete a Self Report of Changes when your program
experiences a major change. Your program is also eligible to receive
Random Unannounced Visits and is responsible for submitting materials
for reaccreditation in a timely manner to Avoid a Lapse as you Pursue
Reaccreditation. For more information about maintaining your
accreditation, please click on the appropriate links in the menu above.
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