The following chart presents the accreditation criteria for this topic area. Each criterion provides specific details to guide program plans, policies and practices. The criteria are numbered (01, 02, 03, etc.) within their topic area. Each criterion within each program standard is identified by its relevant age group (or groups). Many criteria are identified as "universal" (U), meaning that all classrooms and programs pursuing NAEYC Accreditation must address these criteria. These aspects of quality should be seen in any programs or classrooms serving birth through kindergarten, though they may look somewhat different in practice depending on the children's age.
U = universal
I = infant
T = toddlers/twos
P = preschool
K = kindergarten
Helping Children Make Friends
Teaching staff facilitate an infant's social interaction when he or she is interested in looking at, touching, or vocalizing to others.
T P K
Teaching staff support children's development of friendships and provide opportunities for children to play with and learn from each other.
Teaching staff support children as they practice social skills and build friendships by helping them enter into, sustain, and enhance play.
T P K
Teaching staff assist children in resolving conflicts by helping them identify feelings, describe problems, and try alternative solutions.
T P K
Teaching staff guide children who bully, isolate, or hurt other children to learn and follow the rules of the classroom.
T P K
Teaching staff facilitate positive peer interaction for children who are socially reserved or withdrawn and for those who are bullied or excluded.