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Kids Are Special People has been accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). In order to earn this national accreditation programs undergo an intensive in-depth self-study and assessment to demonstrate that they are providing a safe and nurturing environment that promotes the development of young children. NAEYC Accreditation is valid for five years and during that time programs must submit annual reports that document their continued compliance with the program standards. Accredited programs are subject to unannounced visits by NAEYC assessors.

Benefits of NAEYC Accreditation

For Children
Every child deserves access to high-quality early learning experiences. NAEYC-accredited early learning programs are exceptionally well equipped and meticulously measured for indicators of quality in the classroom and beyond. From guidelines for teacher preparation through safety standards, NAEYC Accreditation ensures that programs are safe, well prepared, and intentional about ensuring children’s success. As a reputable indicator of quality, NAEYC Accreditation correlates with children’s greater readiness and success in school and beyond; increased educational attainment rates; and overall healthier lifestyles.

For Teaching Staff and Administration
As a facilitator of quality-improvement initiatives in classrooms across the country, NAEYC Accreditation is dedicated to ensuring that teaching staff and administrators have access to the latest research and use the best practices in the early learning field. With over 7,000 accredited programs nationwide, NAEYC offers new programs pursuing accreditation access to a vast network of high-quality accredited programs and research to learn from. Staff at NAEYC-accredited programs report enhanced team spirit and commitment to workplace success resulting from the self-study and preparation processes for accreditation. By ensuring that all aspects of their work environment meet NAEYC’s research-based program standards and criteria, staff have a direct hand in establishing their professional environment and contributing to its success.

For Families and Community Relationships
Programs that pursue and maintain NAEYC Accreditation join a community invested in ensuring quality early learning opportunities for young children everywhere. In addition to program accreditation, NAEYC offer resources for families, practitioners, and programs create a web of support and connectivity, making NAEYC the foremost association in the field of early learning.

For more information about accreditation please visit naeyc.org or call 1-800-424-2460.


Infant through 2 years.

Ages 3 to 5

Kindergarten through 5th grade