NAEYC Accredited Programs: Great for Children and Families

Are you choosing a child care program for your son or daughter? Are you frightened or sad about the thought of someone else taking care of your child? Many families struggle with the decision to enroll their children into child care, and once the decision is made, choosing the right program is just as hard.

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) can help parents feel good about the child care, preschool, and kindergarten programs they choose. More than 20 years ago, NAEYC created an accreditation system to improve the quality of education and care provided in programs for young children. NAEYC Accreditation has become the mark of quality, helping parents find the best possible early childhood experience. 

NAEYC-accredited programs are the right choice for kids.  

  • NAEYC Accreditation ensures that children are safe, healthy, and learning each day.
  • NAEYC-accredited programs support all areas of early learning and development.
  • More than one million families have chosen NAEYC-accredited programs.

NAEYC Accreditation is the mark of quality education for young children.

  • Programs that earn the NAEYC Accreditation torch meet 10 stringent standards in early childhood education.
  • NAEYC standards are based on the latest early childhood research.
  • NAEYC-accredited programs are subject to random, unannounced visits by our assessors to ensure they're living up to our standards.
  • NAEYC-accredited programs offer high-quality learning experiences for young children.
  • NAEYC-accredited programs are staffed by highly-trained and knowledgeable teaching staff.
  • NAEYC-accredited programs have access to exciting educational materials and opportunities. 

NAEYC Accreditation provides a consistent process for building quality educational experiences. 

  • NAEYC Accreditation provides an efficient four-step process for earning the Accreditation torch.
  • NAEYC standards are clear and measurable.
  • NAEYC-accredited programs have access to the tools they need to continuously improve their programs.

 To learn more go to

Check out the NAEYC For Families Website