Standard 10: NAEYC Accreditation Criteria for Leadership and Management Standard

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.

Age Groups:
U = universal
I = infant
T = toddlers/twos
P = preschool
K = kindergarten

Health, Nutrition, and Safety Policies and Procedures

U   I   T   P   K
The program has written policies to promote wellness and safeguard the health and safety of children and adults. Procedures are in place that address

U   I   T   P   K
The program has written procedures to protect children and adults from environmental hazards such as air pollution, lead, and asbestos, according to public health requirements.

U   I   T   P   K
The program has a written policy for reporting child abuse and neglect as well as procedures in place that comply with applicable federal, state, and local laws. The policy includes requirements for staff to report all suspected incidents of child abuse, neglect, or both by families, staff, volunteers, or others to the appropriate local agencies. Staff who report suspicions of child abuse or neglect where they work are immune from discharge, retaliation, or other disciplinary action for that reason alone unless it is proven that the report is malicious.

U   I   T   P   K
The program has written procedures to be followed if a staff member is accused of abuse or neglect of a child in the program that protect the rights of the accused staff person as well as protect the children in the program.

U   I   T   P   K
The program has written procedures that outline the health and safety information to be collected from families and to be maintained on file for each child in one central location within the facility. The files are kept current by updating as needed, but at least quarterly. The content of the file is confidential, but is immediately available to

U   I   T   P   K
Written procedures address all aspects of the arrival, departure, and transportation of children. The procedures

U   I   T   P   K
Transportation services are managed and program vehicles are licensed and insured in accordance with applicable federal and state laws. Certification of licensing and insurance is available on-site.

U   I   T   P   K
The program has written and posted disaster preparedness and emergency evacuation procedures. Procedures designate an appropriate person to assume authority and take action in an emergency when the administrator is not on-site. The procedures include

U   I   T   P   K
The program has written, up-to-date, comprehensive procedures to prepare for and respond to medical and dental emergencies for children and adult staff. The procedures include

U   I   T   P   K
Policies address the use of medications and special medical procedures needed by enrolled children: