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Accreditation

LAC Preschool is accredited by the National Academy of Early Childhood Programs (NAEYC). We are proud to be one of only 16 accredited nursery/preschools in Westchester County.

What is the National Academy of Early Childhood Programs?
The Academy administers a national, voluntary, professionally sponsored accreditation system for all types of schools and child care centers. The Academy is a division of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the nation’s largest organization of early childhood educators.

What is Accreditation?

Early childhood programs accredited by the National Academy of Early Childhood Programs have voluntarily undergone a comprehensive process of internal self-study, invited external professional review to verify compliance with the Academy’s Criteria for High quality Early Childhood Programs, and been found to be in substantial compliance with the Criteria. A copy of the Criteria can be obtained from the Academy.

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 o
f younger children.

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 the Academy’s Criteria for High Quality Early Childhood Programs 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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