Accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
What is accreditation and why is it important?
NAEYC Accreditation means that your child’s program meets NAEYC’s 10 standards of excellence in early childhood education. Programs that meet these standards provide a safe and healthy environment for children, have teachers who are well-trained, have access to excellent teaching materials, and work with curriculum that is appropriately challenging and developmentally sound. These programs are continuously improving themselves to provide the best possible educational opportunities for children.
NAEYC has created 10 standards that measure the quality of early childhood programs. The standards were created by a blue-ribbon panel of early childhood experts and are based on the latest early childhood research. To learn more about NAEYC Accreditation visit http://www.naeyc.org/accreditation/.
NAEYC-accredited programs meet a higher standard:
- Promote positive relationships for all children and adults to encourage each child's sense of individual worth.
- Implement a curriculum that fosters all areas of child development: cognitive, social-emotional, language, and physical.
- Use developmentally, culturally, and linguistically appropriate effective teaching approaches.
- Provide ongoing assessments of a child's learning and development and communicate the child's progress to the family.
- Promote the nutrition and health of children and protect our community from injury and illness.
- Provide a safe and healthy physical environment.
- Employ a teaching staff that has the educational qualifications, knowledge, and professional commitment necessary to promote children's learning and development, and to support families' diverse needs and interests.
- Establish and maintain collaborative relationships with each child's family.
- Establish relationships with and use the resources of the community to support the achievement of program goals.
- Implement strong personnel, fiscal, and program management policies so that all children, families, and staff have high quality experiences.