Education

NAEYC Revises Accrediting Policy

By Linda Jacobson — January 03, 2006 1 min read
  • Save to favorites
  • Print

After almost four years of researching, writing drafts, and gathering feedback from members, the National Association for the Education of Young Children has formally launched its new and revised accreditation system for early-childhood-education programs.

“We are here today to celebrate the success of this system. It is designed to be both an inspiration and a guide,” Josué Cruz Jr., the president of the Washington-based organization’s governing board, said last month at the group’s annual conference. Drawing more than 25,000 early-childhood educators, researchers, and program directors, the meeting was held Dec. 7-10 in Washington.

The new requirements come as states are continuing to target money toward building and expanding preschool services, and particularly as interest in accreditation as one mark of a high-quality preschool program has grown.

Currently, more than 11,000 publicly and privately financed programs—serving more than a million children—are accredited. The NAEYC accreditation program began in 1985.

The special commission that rewrote the accreditation criteria also revised the NAEYC’s 10 program standards, which individual programs will need to meet to earn and maintain their accreditation.

The standards address such topics as implementing a curriculum that covers all areas of development, promoting health and proper nutrition, and conducting ongoing assessments of a child’s progress.

Under the old accreditation system, a program could submit an application at any time, a practice that led to a backlog in reviews and site visits. Now, programs will follow a process for becoming accredited that includes enrolling, making an application, becoming a candidate, and receiving a visit by paid, trained assessors.

In the past, the visits were conducted by volunteers from the early-childhood field.

In addition, a program’s accreditation will last five years instead of three, but reports and audits will be required each year.

Events

This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
Student Well-Being Webinar
When SEL Curriculum Is Not Enough: Integrating Social-Emotional Behavior Supports in MTSS
Help ensure the success of your SEL program with guidance for building capacity to support implementation at every tier of your MTSS.
Content provided by Illuminate Education
This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
Teaching Profession Webinar
Professional Wellness Strategies to Enhance Student Learning and Live Your Best Life
Reduce educator burnout with research-affirmed daily routines and strategies that enhance achievement of educators and students alike. 
Content provided by Solution Tree
English-Language Learners Webinar The Science of Reading and Multilingual Learners: What Educators Need to Know
Join experts in reading science and multilingual literacy to discuss what the latest research means for multilingual learners in classrooms adopting a science of reading-based approach.

EdWeek Top School Jobs

Teacher Jobs
Search over ten thousand teaching jobs nationwide — elementary, middle, high school and more.
View Jobs
Principal Jobs
Find hundreds of jobs for principals, assistant principals, and other school leadership roles.
View Jobs
Administrator Jobs
Over a thousand district-level jobs: superintendents, directors, more.
View Jobs
Support Staff Jobs
Search thousands of jobs, from paraprofessionals to counselors and more.
View Jobs

Read Next

Education Briefly Stated: June 15, 2022
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
8 min read
Education Briefly Stated: June 8, 2022
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
8 min read
Education Briefly Stated: June 1, 2022
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
8 min read
Education Briefly Stated: May 11, 2022
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
9 min read