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What is Accreditation?

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NAEYC Academy for 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 have been found to be in substantial compliance with the Criteria. A copy of the Criteria can be obtained from the Academy.

The Academy administers the only national, voluntary, professionally sponsored accreditation system for all types of schools and child care centers. The Academy is a division of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the nation's largest organization of early childhood educators.

Curious why NAEYC Accreditation is the right choice for kids? The following video may answer some of your questions.

Endicott First Presbyterian Nursery School completed their first self-study and was reviewed and validated by an appointed validator in May, 1989. Reaccredidation, requiring annual reviews and re-validation every three years, has been granted continually since that date.

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, reading 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 for children
  • nutritious meals and/or snacks
  • regular communication with parents who are welcome visitors at all times
  • effective administration
  • ongoing, systematic evaluation

To obtain a list of accredited programs, contact:

NAEYC National Association for the Education of Young Children
1509 16th St., NW
Washington, D.C. 20036-1426


Phone: 607-748-1744,  Fax: 607-748-1744
Email: NurserySchool@FirstPresEndicott.org