The following charts present the 10 NAEYC Early Childhood Program Standards and related Accreditation Criteria. Each standard describes an essential element that together with the other nine standards provide a definition of quality for child care, preschools, and kindergarten program. Standards are numbered 1 to 10.
Click on a standard to link to the Topic Areas and Accreditation Criteria related to that Standard.
These lists of topic areas and criteria are provided here as a reference. Early childhood programs and educators who are considering NAEYC Accreditation should consider purchasing NAEYC Early Childhood Program Standards and Accreditation Criteria: The Mark of Quality in Early Childhood Education, which provides all of the standards and criteria, and an introduction to the NAEYC Accreditation system.