Early childhood programs accredited by the 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.
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
planned learning activities appropriate to children's age
and development, such as block building, painting, reading stories, dress-up, and active,
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
ongoing, systematic evaluation
To obtain a list of accredited programs,
NAEYC National Association for the Education of Young
1509 16th St., NW Washington, D.C.
20036-1426 202-232-8777 800-424-2460