Is your staff ready to engage in a process that will facilitate real and lasting improvements in the quality of your program that serves young children and their families?  The self-study process of NAEYC accreditation is a proven vehicle in which to accomplish this goal.

The NAEYC Academy for Early Childhood Program Accreditation administers a national, voluntary accreditation system to help raise the quality of all types of preschools, kindergartens, and child care centers. Currently there are more than 10,000 NAEYC-accredited programs, serving nearly one million children and their families. Since the system began in 1985, NAEYC Accreditation has provided a powerful tool through which early childhood professionals, families, and others concerned about the quality of early childhood education can evaluate programs, compare them with professional standards, strengthen the program and commit to ongoing evaluation and improvement

Click here to go to the NAEYC web site and learn more about the accreditation process.

Click here to learn more about what is happening throughout the state of Illinois in accreditation.


Have you met S.A.M.?

The Statewide Accreditation Mentoring Project (SAM) an initiative of the Illinois Association for the Education of Young Children aims to help programs in Illinois reach accreditation criteria. SAM mentors will help program administrators and staff increase their understanding of the criteria in relevant areas, and develop specific plans for program improvement.

To learn more about the SAM Initiative, and watch a brief flash movie, click here!

If you are interested in applying to the SAM project, please click here for the application form.


Attention: Center Directors/Administrators,

Are you interested in going through the NAEYC accreditation process, but don’t know where to begin?  Think about being part of the North/Northwest Accreditation Cohort!

Top Ten Reasons
10. You get to work together as a team with other child care directors instead of going through the process alone.

9. Directors are supported by mentors and through others like you going through the process.

8. Being a part of the cohort makes you accountable.

7. It is fun – (free food!)

6. Being a part of the cohort keeps you on task.

5. You get to see and hear other perspectives from colleagues.

4. You get to share ideas and success stories.

3. Diversity at its best – commaredy is built, an opportunity to network.

2. You receive additional resources.

1. It’s a good thing for you, your staff and the the children and families you serve as the quality of early childhood education is improved!

Still have questions?

If you have more Accreditation questions, please click here to contact a GOAEYC Board Member.