As of the summer of 1994, CWP achieved accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Since its founding in 1926, NAEYC has been working to define quality in programs for young children. In 1985, NAEYC established its accreditation system to set professional standards for early childhood programs and to help families identify high-quality programs. NAEYC Accreditation is a voluntary system by which programs measure themselves against a national set of standards, and the number of programs pursuing NAEYC Accreditation has grown rapidly through the years. From only a few hundred accredited programs in 1988, there are now more than 10,000 NAEYC-accredited programs, serving nearly one million young children! NAEYC Accreditation has been, and continues to be, the mark of quality in early childhood education.

CWP staff and teachers invest a substantial amount of time and energy in our students and their families. Positive early childhood experiences have an enormous impact on children’s attitude towards learning. Early childhood programs with NAEYC accreditation benefit children with greater readiness for and success in school.

What NAEYC Accreditation Means

NAEYC Accreditation: the Mark of Quality Education for Your Child

When you see the NAEYC Accreditation torch, you know that your child will be safe, healthy, and learning each day. You know what makes a good child care program – infants are laid down on their backs to nap, toddlers are taken outside for well-supervised play, and preschoolers are learning about shapes and solving puzzles. NAEYC Accreditation means you’re getting this and more. In fact, more than one million families have chosen NAEYC Accreditation for their children.

NAEYC has created 10 standards to measure the quality of early childhood programs. The standards were created by a blue-ribbon panel of early childhood experts and are based on the latest early childhood research.

10 Standards of High-Quality Early Childhood Education

  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 and 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, and fiscal and program management policies so that all children, families, and staff have high-quality experiences.