Accreditation is a lengthy self-study process that requires
programs to undergo a strict and thorough assessment of their
school in an effort to meet the national criteria for the
highest quality Early Childhood and Before and After School
Programs. Currently, only 5% of the programs in the state of
Connecticut are Nationally Accredited.
The National Academy of Early
Childhood Programs, the accrediting body of the National
Association for the Education of Young Children, has developed
standards to define and recognize quality child care programs.
To become accredited by the NAEYC, a child care program must go
through a process of self-study involving children, parents, and
faculty, and meet a variety of strict criteria related to
providing a developmentally appropriate program. These criteria
range from having a well-qualified and trained faculty to
meeting stringent health and safety standards. In addition, the
program must provide opportunities for parent involvement.