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NAEYCNAEYC Accreditiation
NAEYC Accreditation of programs for young children represents the mark of quality in early childhood education. NAEYC Accreditation began in 1985 with the goal of providing an accrediting system that would raise the level of early childhood programs. Today, over 7,000 programs are NAEYC Accredited.

NAEYC accredited programs invest in early childhood education because they believe in the benefits to children and families. Early childhood experiences—from birth to age 8—have an enormous impact on children’s lifelong learning and positively contribute to their health and development. Early childhood education programs with the mark of quality benefit children with greater readiness for and success in school.

It is for this reason that parents and families are seeking out NAEYC-accredited programs. Parents choosing an early childhood education program can be overwhelmed by trying to find the highest-quality program for their child. NAEYC Accreditation is the mark of quality that families are looking for. NAEYC Accreditation gives families the chance to make the Right Choice for Kids.

Massachusetts has the largest number of NAEYC accredited programs in the nation, followed by California.


Benefits of being an NAEYC Accredited Program
Helps to build a stronger team of teachers, administrators, and families working together to improve quality for children.
Improved standards for the overall program.
Recognition through NAEYC, including program listing on the NAEYC website in the Program Search section.
Announcement of program’s accreditation in the NAEYC Early Learning News weekly newsletter to programs, members, media, and others.
Use of NAEYC Accredited logo for marketing purposes.
Attracts more families to enroll their children at program.
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NAEYC Academy and Accreditation Resources
The NAEYC website contains countless links to information for programs just starting to investigate accreditation to programs entering the renewal process. Videos, research papers, how to sheets, all the necessary forms, and many other helpful resources are available at


Accreditation in Massachusetts

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Accreditation Facilitation Projects (AFP)
NAEYC defines accreditation facilitation projects as projects that support quality improvement efforts of child care centers, preschools, and other early childhood programs in many local communities and states and, in an effort to raise program quality, provide technical assistance and support to programs working on NAEYC Accreditation.

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