What is accreditation?
Early childhood programs accredited by the National Academy of Early Childhood Programs have voluntarily undergone a comprehensive process of internal self-study, invited external professional review to verify compliance with the Academy's Criteria for High Quality Early Childhood Programs and been found to be in substantial compliance with the Criteria. A copy of the Criteria can be obtained from the Academy.
What is a high quality early childhood program?
A high quality early childhood program provides a safe and nurturing environment while promoting the physical, social, emotional and intellectual development of young children.
In accredited programs, you will see:
- Frequent, positive, warm interactions among adults and children
- Planned learning activities appropriate to children's age and development, such as block building, painting, stories, dress-up and active, outdoor play
- Specially trained teachers
- Enough adults to respond to individual children
- Many, varied age-appropriate materials
- A healthy and safe environment
- Nutritious meals and/or snacks
- Regular communication with parents who are welcome visitors at all times
- Effective administration
- Ongoing, systematic evaluation