Accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is the mark of a great school. Founded in 1926, NAEYC is one of the most respected organizations in the field of education. To earn NAEYC Accreditation, schools and higher learning institutions must go through an extensive self–study process, measuring program content and its services against NAEYC Standards and more than 400 related accreditation criteria. NAEYC accreditation is considered the Gold Standard in Early Childhood Education.
Congratulations to the NAEYC Accredited Programs here in Maricopa County:
NAEYC National Recognition of Early Childhood Baccalaureate and Graduate Degree Programs
NAEYC works with CAEP (the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation) to review early childhood baccalaureate and graduate degree programs at colleges and universities. Currently, there are approximately 256 institutions with NAEYC-recognized baccalaureate and graduate degree programs in 37 states/territories, and 2 international recognized programs.
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NAEYC National Recognition of Early Childhood Associate Degree Programs
NAEYC’s Commission on Early Childhood Associate Degree Accreditation awards accreditation to associate degree programs that meet Professional Preparation Standards for programs preparing early childhood educators. Touch the icons to LEARN MORE.
NAEYC National Recognition of Early Childhood Programs
An NAEYC-Accredited program is the mark of quality in early childhood education. These programs have worked hard to achieve NAEYC Accreditation and we applaud you.
To achieve accreditation, early childhood programs volunteer to be measured against a robust and rigorous national standards on educational practices, health and safety standards. Early childhood experiences from birth to age 8 have a enormous impact on children’s lifelong learning. Parents choosing an early childhood program accredited by NAEYC can be assured that the program is one of the best in the country.
East Valley Jewish Community Center WEBSITE
Desert Sun Child Development Center WEBSITE
Risen Savior Lutheran School WEBSITE
Christ’s Greenfield Lutheran Preschool WEBSITE
Luke Air Force Base Child Development Center WEBSITE
Stepping Stones Preschool WEBSITE
Laveen KinderCare WEBSITE
Kindercare Learning Center WEBSITE
Evelyn H. Warren Child Development Lab WEBSITE
Mesa Community College Children’s Center WEBSITE
Tesseract School WEBSITE
Paradise Valley United Methodist Church Preschool WEBSITE
Lincoln Learning Center WEBSITE
Phoenix Day School for the Deaf WEBSITE
Maricopa Center for Adolescent Parents WEBSITE
Summit School of Ahwatukee WEBSITE
United Cerebral Palsy Association of Central Arizona Early Learning Center WEBSITE
Bright Horizons at Norterra WEBSITE
Alhambra Preschool Programs (5 locations) WEBSITE
Bright Horizons Lil Paws WEBSITE
The Family School WEBSITE
Black Canyon KinderCare WEBSITE
City Square KinderCare WEBSITE
Pinnacle Presbyterian Preschool WEBSITE
Scottsdale Kindercare WEBSITE
Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center Early Childhood Center WEBSITE
Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College Preschool WEBSITE
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.
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. Learn more about the four steps toward NAEYC Accreditation HERE.