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Accreditation

LAC Preschool is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). We are proud to be one of only 16 accredited nursery/preschools in Westchester County.

What is does it mean to be accredited by the NAEYC?

NAEYC is the nation’s largest organization of early childhood educators.  LAC Preschool has voluntarily undergone a comprehensive process of internal self-study, invited external professional review to verify compliance with NAEYC’s criteria for high-quality early childhood programs.

What is a high quality early childhood program?

A high quality early childhood program provides a safe and nurturing environment while promoting the physical, social, emotional and intellectual development of younger children.  Here at LAC Preschool we are implementing an age-appropriate curriculum that ensures all materials and activities are geared to meet the developmental needs of all students.

How do accredited programs differ from those that are not accredited?

Accredited programs voluntarily under go a comprehensive process of internal self-study, invited external professional review to verify compliance with all ten standards and have been found to be in substantial compliance with the criteria.

In accredited programs you will find:

  • Frequent, positive, warm interactions among adults and children
  • Planned learning activities appropriate to children’s age and development, such as block building, painting, reading stories, dress-up, and active outdoor play
  • Specially trained teachers
  • Enough adults to respond to individual children
  • Many varied age-appropriate materials
  • A healthy and save environment for children
  • Nutritious meals and/or snacks
  • Regular communication with parents who are welcome visitors at all times
  • Effective administration
  • Ongoing systematic evaluation

Who to contact to obtain an list of accredited programs?

Please contact the National Academy of Early Childhood Programs
1509 16th Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20036-1426
202-232-8777 or 800-424-2460 ext. 333

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