WHAT IS A NAEYC-ACCREDITED PROGRAM FOR YOUNG CHILDREN?
National Academy for Early Childhood Program Accreditation
National Association for the Education of Young Children
1. Promote positive relationships for all children and adults to encourage each child's sense of individual worth.
2. Implement a curriculum that fosters all areas of child development: cognitive, emotional, language, physical, and social.
3. Use developmentally, culturally, and linguistically appropriate effective teaching approaches.
4. Provide ongoing assessments of a child's learning and development and communicate the child's progress to the family.
5. Promote the nutrition and health of children and protect children and staff from injury and illness.
6. Employ a teaching staff that has the educational qualifications, knowledge, and professional commitment necessary to promote children's learning and development, and to support families' diverse needs and interests.
7. Establish and maintain collaborative relationships with each child's family.
8. Establish relationships with and use the resources of the community to support the achievement of program goals.
9. Provide a safe and healthy physical environment.
10. Implement strong personnel, fiscal, and program management policies so that all children, families, and staff have high-quality experiences.
National Association for the Education of Young Children. (n.d.). Information for Families. Retrieved August 6, 2007 from www.naeyc.org.
The James Madison University Young Children's Program has been continuously accredited by NAEYC since 1989. The current certificate is valid until January 1, 2018.