NAEYC strives to raise the quality of education for all children from birth through age eight. Accreditation systems are 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.
  • For more than 30 years, NAEYC has worked together with program staff across the country to implement best practices and develop a consistent understanding of how to achieve and maintain high quality.
    Accreditation of Programs for Young Children
  • The NAEYC Commission on the Accreditation of Early Childhood Higher Education Programs awards accreditation to early childhood degree programs that demonstrate evidence of excellence by meeting the NAEYC Professional Preparation Standards. 
    Accreditation of Higher Education Programs 
  • NAEYC’s accreditation of early childhood higher education programs depends upon the commitment and professionalism of our volunteer peer reviewers. Becoming a higher education peer reviewer is an excellent way to learn more about this quality assurance system, as well as to give back to the early childhood field.
    Become a Higher Education Peer Reviewer
Families can find Accredited programs here.


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