VCAEYC, as an affiliate of NAEYC, follows and supports the statements and positions of NAEYC. As posted through the National website, NAEYC (and VCAEYC) supports accreditation for the following programs.

For more than 80 years, the National Association for the Education of Young Children has worked to raise the quality of programs for all children from birth through age eight. A major part of NAEYC’s efforts to improve early childhood education is through different systems of accreditation for programs that are committed to meeting national standards of quality:

Accreditation of Programs for Young Children
Since 1985, NAEYC’s national, voluntary accreditation system has set professional standards for early childhood education programs, and helped families identify high-quality programs for their young children.

Accreditation of Associate Degree Programs
NAEYC accredits high-quality Associate Degree Programs that prepare early childhood educators.

Accreditation of Baccalaureate and Graduate Degree Programs
NAEYC also recognizes high-quality Baccalaureate and Graduate Programs, as part of the accreditation system of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

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