NAEYC Accreditation represents the mark of quality in early childhood education. To achieve NAEYC Accreditation, early childhood education programs volunteer to be measured against the NAEYC Early Childhood Program Standards. Today, over 8,000 NAEYC accredited early childhood education programs serve families around the nation.
Important updates to the accreditation system based on the results of the 2008 Criteria Review and feedback from programs have been released in the September 16, 2008 Special Edition Accreditation E-Update.
We are excited to announce the official launch of TORCH: The Online Resource Center Headquarters. Access TORCH for a free searchable database of all criteria and important resources to complete Self-Study, Self-Assessment, and more! Learn more about TORCH and self-register today!
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"I think one of the greatest advances to child care was the creation of the NAEYC Accreditation system, which has helped so much to raise the quality of programs."
-T. Berry Brazelton, M.D. , The Brazelton Institute
"The primary gauge of quality has been accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children… whose seal of approval is regarded as the gold standard by parents, educators and facilities."
- The Wall Street Journal, March 24, 2006