ERIC Number: ED438935
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
Accreditation Criteria & Procedures of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. 1998 Edition.
National Association for the Education of Young Children, Washington, DC.
Accreditation of early childhood programs helps teachers and administrators evaluate and improve their practice, helps parents make informed decisions, and helps children receive quality programming. This manual explains the policies and procedures for accreditation of early childhood programs through the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Following a list of relevant definitions, Part 1 of the manual presents the purpose and goals of NAEYC's accreditation system, eligibility requirements, applications to multisite organizations and to agency and corporate child care systems; and describes the accreditation process of self-study, validation, and the commission decision. Part 2 presents the criteria--with interpretations--for high-quality early childhood programs, including history and development of the criteria, interrelationships among criteria, and how decisions are made. Criteria are presented in the following areas: (1) interactions among teachers and children; (2) curriculum; (3) relationships among teachers and families; (4) staff qualifications and professional development; (5) administration; (6) staffing; (7) physical environment; (8) health and safety; (9) nutrition and food service; and (10) evaluation. The manual's five appendices provide examples of developmentally appropriate practice, handwashing guidelines, nutrition requirements for infants and preschoolers, guidelines for food preparation and service, and the NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct and Statement of Commitment. The manual concludes with information about NAEYC and the accreditation fee structure. (Contains 143 references.) (KB)
Descriptors: Accreditation (Institutions), Accrediting Agencies, Child Health, Developmentally Appropriate Practices, Early Childhood Education, Educational Administration, Educational Environment, Educational Quality, Family School Relationship, Food Service, Institutional Evaluation, Nutrition, Preschool Curriculum, Preschool Education, Professional Development, Program Evaluation, Quality Control, Safety, Self Evaluation (Groups), Standards, Teacher Qualifications, Teacher Student Relationship, Young Children
NAEYC, 1509 16th Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20036-1426 ($10). Tel: 800-424-2460 (Toll-Free); Tel: 202-232-8777; Fax: 202-328-1846; Web site: http://www.naeyc.org.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Association for the Education of Young Children, Washington, DC.