NAEYC strives to raise the quality of education for all children from birth through age eight. Accreditation systems are a major part of NAEYC's efforts to improve early childhood education; they allow programs to provide the best learning experiences for young children and their educators by meeting national standards of quality. To learn more about NAEYC’s accreditation systems, visit the NAEYC website.
About NAEYC Accreditation of Early Learning Programs
Accreditation of Early Learning Programs
Since 1985, NAEYC's national accreditation system has set professional standards for early childhood education programs, allowing families to find high-quality programs for their children.Using a set of research-based program standards, NAEYC Accreditation collaborates with early education centers to recognize great work already under way asell as understanding and addressing areas that need improvement. To learn more about NAEYC Accreditation of Early Learning Programs, visit the NAEYC website.
Accreditation of Higher Education Programs
NAEYC awards accreditation to associate, baccalaureate, and master's degree programs that meet the NAEYC Professional Preparation Standards for programs preparing early childhood educators.
Recognition of Baccalaureate and Graduate Degree Programs
NAEYC also recognizes high-quality baccalaureate and graduate programs, as part of a partnership with the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).