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NAEYC Accreditation

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Accreditation

NAEYC Accreditation is a rigorous and transformative quality-improvement system that uses a set of 10 research-based standards to collaborate with early education programs to recognize and drive quality-improvement in high-quality early learning environments.

To earn NAEYC Accreditation, CCNS went through an extensive self-study and quality-improvement process, followed by an on-site visit by NAEYC Assessors to verify and ensure that the program met each of the ten program standards, and hundreds of corresponding individual criteria.  NAEYC accredited programs are always prepared for unannounced quality-assurance visits during the accreditation term, which lasts for five years.

In the 30 years since NAEYC Accreditation was established, it has become a widely recognized sign of high-quality early childhood education. More than 7,000 programs are currently accredited by NAEYC – less than 10 percent of all child care centers, preschools, and kindergartens nationally receive this recognition.

To learn more about NAEYC Accreditation, visit the NAEYC website.