National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is a professional membership organization that works to promote high-quality early learning for all young children, birth through age 8, by connecting early childhood practice, policy, and research. NAEYC-accredited early learning programs are exceptionally well equipped and meticulously measured for indicators of quality in the classroom and beyond. From guidelines for teacher preparation through safety standards, NAEYC Accreditation ensures that programs are safe, well prepared, and intentional about ensuring children's success. As a reputable indicator of quality, NAEYC Accreditation correlates with children's greater readiness and success in school and beyond; increased educational attainment rates; and overall healthier lifestyles.
NAEYC Accreditation Standards and Assessment items include child relationships; curriculum; teaching; assessment of child progress; health; staff competencies, preparation, and support; family relationship; community relationship; physical environment; and leadership and management. For each of these areas, the NAEYC accreditation program’s process and standards are constantly reviewed under the auspices of the Council on the Accreditation of Early Learning Programs to ensure that they are informed by current research and reflect the ever-evolving early childhood landscape. (Naeyc.org, 2019) More information can be found here.naeyc.org. (2019). NAEYC. [online] Available at: https://www.naeyc.org/ [Accessed 8 Aug. 2019].