The largest accrediting organization for preschool programs is the National Association for the Education of Young Children.
To receive accreditation, preschool and early childhood education programs are measured against NAEYC's Early Childhood Program Standards that evaluate 10 key areas: relationships, curriculum, teaching, assessment of child progress, health, teachers, families, community relationships, physical environment and leadership and management.
Since 1985, when the group started the accreditation process, NAEYC has accredited over 10,000 schools, less than 10 percent of preschools nationwide. New standards were introduced in 2006.
There are many programs that are currently in the process of becoming accredited and therefore will not be listed on the NAEYC website. For more information, inquire at the school your are considering enrolling your child in.
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