NAEYC Accredited

About NAEYC Accreditation

The NAEYC accreditation system has set voluntary professional standards for the provision of services to young children since 1985. NAEYC standards reflect the latest research and best practices in early childhood education and development. NAEYC is committed to utilizing the newest studies and analysis on positive child outcomes to ensure young children continue receiving the highest quality care and education possible.

We are proud of our accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) - the nation's leading organization of early childhood professionals. Kate Armstrong, Chairperson of the Through A Child's Eyes Board of Directors states that "attaining NAEYC accreditation status for the Pre-K program has been a goal of the Board of Directors of Through A Child's Eyes since the Pre-K program first opened for the 2005 school year. NAEYC accreditation lets families know that children in our program are getting the best early childhood experience possible."

To earn the NAEYC accreditation, the Through A Child's Eyes Pre-K program went through an extensive self study process, measuring the program and its services against ten NAEYC Early Childhood Program Standards and more than four hundred related Accreditation Criteria. We facilitated an on-site visit by NAEYC Assessors to ensure that our program met each of the ten NAEYC program standards. NAEYC accredited programs are also subject to unannounced visits during their accreditation, which lasts for five years.

Iris Corral, the Director of the Through A Child's Eyes Pre-K program, describes her feelings on the accreditation process and the value that she, as an early childhood professional, places on the Pre-K Program's attainment of accreditation.

"Achieving this prestigious accreditation has been one of the Pre-K Program's biggest accomplishments. What made the accreditation process successful was the active collaboration between parents, teachers, TACE's Board of Directors, and community members. All of the Program's staff worked hard to ensure that the NAEYC standards were understood and met. Classroom portfolios were completed by teaching teams which allowed our NAEYC assessor to view the wonderful experiences the children were having in each individual classroom. The program portfolio allowed us to show how well the program was managed as well as documenting how we were, and still continue to be, involved with the community. The NAEYC staff and parent questionnaires allowed us to view our program from different perspectives and improve our program to ensure our compliance with NAEYC standards. It was a long process but one worth going through. We are so proud to say;"WE ARE NAEYC ACCREDITED!"

Ms. Corral also states that, "I personally believe that a program that receives this accreditation has basically completed graduate school! They have mastered it! We have mastered it! It feels so amazing to know that our hard work put us among the best of the best!"

Listed below is a presentation of the NAEYC Accreditation percentages that Through A Child's Eyes achieved on each of the NAEYC Program Standards.

1.  100% Relationships: Encouraging warm responsive relationships between children and children/adults

2.   95% Curriculum: Maximizing children's learning through effective use of time/materials

3.   100% Teaching: Using multiple approaches that are developmentally, culturally, and linguistically appropriate

4.   100+%* Assessment of Child Progress: To plan appropriate challenging curricula and tailor instruction to each child's strengths

5.   83% Health: to focus on the complete physical, oral, mental, and social well being of each child

6.   100+%* Teachers: Employing those who have specific preparation, knowledge, and skills in early childhood development

7.   100+%* Families: Building relationships based on mutual trust and respect helps to involve a family in their child's educational growth

8.   100+%* Community Relationships: : Establishing reciprocal connections with groups that support the goals of transition, inclusion, diversity, and health

9.   91%* Physical Environment: Maintaining a safe and accessible environment

10.   100+%* Leadership Management: Supporting a stable staff and strong fiscal and program management

Note: For accreditation, a minimum of 75% is required for each one of program standards to attain accreditation.

*Score indicates credit given for meeting Emerging Curriculum