A number of national childcare organizations have established quality standards that go beyond a state’s minimum licensing requirements. When a center becomes accredited, it has voluntarily decided to meet high national quality standards and has made a commitment to provide the kind of care, attention, and stimulating activities that you and your children require.
The Lewis Chatman Academy will be seeking accreditation from NAEYC( National Association for the Education of Young Children, NAC( Nation Accreditation Commission for the Early Care and Education Programs), and NECPA ( The National Early Childhood Program Accreditation)
The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) created an accreditation system more than 20 years ago to improve the quality of education and care provided in programs for young children, with particular focus on the quality of educational and developmental services for children. NAEYC awards accreditation only to high quality early childhood programs reviewed by a national commission comprising recognized experts in childcare and early childhood education. Accreditation is valid for five years. To learn more, visit the www.naeyc.org.
The National Accreditation Commission for the Early Care and Education Programs (NAC) is a division of the National Association of Child Care Professionals (NACCP). The organization is dedicated to improving the quality of childcare in America by investing in the people who lead the programs. NAC accreditation identifies and acknowledges early care and education programs that meet a wide variety of professional and ethical standards. Accreditation is valid for three years. Visit the www.naccp.org for details.
The National Early Childhood Program Accreditation (NECPA), an independent and nationally recognized program, has been supporting educational programs that strive for excellence since 1993. The non-profit organization encourages the availability of high quality early education programs for America’s families. As a prerequisite to accreditation, it requires all centers to have possessed a state license in good standing for at least one year. Full accreditation is granted for three years with satisfactory annual reviews. To learn more, visit the www.necpa.net.