Tender Years is a member of a cohort and is actively pursuing
NAEYC Accreditation

What does it mean to be an accredited preschool?

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Accreditation of programs for young children represents 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. NAEYC identifies 10 standards of high quality early childhood education.

In contrast to other accrediting bodies, NAEYC examines both educational practice and systems that affect this practice. NAEYC is the most intensive accreditation process for center based programs and is the "gold standard" of early childhood programming. The NAEYC accreditation system considers the highest level of educational backgrounds for teaching staff along with 10 Standards which span all systems in center base programming from Curriculum and Assessment to Leadership and Management. Visit www.NAEYC.org or www.rightchoiceforkids.org for more information. Brochures are available upon request.


The 10 standards are listed below:

RELATIONSHIPS: Promote positive relationships for all children and adults to encourage each child’s sense of individual worth.

CURRICULUM: Implement a curriculum that fosters all areas of child development; cognitive, emotional, language, physical and social.

TEACHING: Use developmentally, culturally and linguistically appropriate and effective teaching approaches.

ASSESSMENT OF CHILD PROGRESS: Provide ongoing assessments of a child’s learning and development and communicate the child’s progress to the family.

HEALTH: Promote the nutrition and health of children and protect children and staff from injuries and illness.

TEACHERS: 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.

FAMILIES: Establish and maintain collaborative relationships with each child’s family.

COMMUNITY RELATIONSHIPS: Establish relationships with and use the resources of the community to support the achievement of program goals.

PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENT: Provide a safe and healthy physical environment.

LEADERSHIP & MANAGEMENT: Implement strong personnel, fiscal, and program management policies so that all children, families, and staff have high quality experiences.