"We're proud to have earned the mark of quality from NAEYC, and to be recognized for our commitment to reaching the highest professional standards, said Teedee Keister, former Executive Director of The Tiny Tim Center. "NAEYC Accreditation lets families in our community know that children in our program are getting the best care and early learning experiences possible."
To earn NAEYC Accreditation, The Tiny Tim Center went through an extensive self-study process, measuring the program and its services against the ten new NAEYC Early Childhood Program Standards and more than 400 related Accreditation Criteria. The program received NAEYC Accreditation after an on-site visit by NAEYC Assessors to ensure that the program meets each of the ten NAEYC program standards (for more information on the ten program standards, click here). NAEYC-accredited programs are also subject to unannounced visits during their accreditation, which lasts for five years.
In the 20 years since NAEYC Accreditation was established, it has become a widely recognized sign of high-quality early childhood education. More than 11,000 programs, serving one million young children, are currently accredited by NAEYC -- approximately 8 percent of all preschools and other early childhood programs. "The new NAEYC Accreditation system raises the bar for preschools, child care centers and other early childhood programs," said Mark Ginsberg, Ph.D., executive director of NAEYC. "The Tiny Tim Center's NAEYC Accreditation is a sign that they are a leader in a national effort to invest in high-quality early childhood education, and to help give all children a better start."
Ten NAEYC Program Standards:
Standard 1: NAEYC Accreditation Criteria for Relationships Score: 100%
Program Standard: The program promotes positive relationships among all children and adults to encourage each child's sense of individual worth and belonging as part of a community and to foster each child's ability to contribute as a responsible community member.
Standard 2: NAEYC Accreditation Criteria for Curriculum Score: 100%
Program Standard: The program implements a curriculum that is consistent with its goals for children and promotes learning and development in each of the following areas: social, emotional, physical, language, and cognitive.
Standard 3: NAEYC Accreditation Criteria for Teaching Score: 100%
Program Standard: The program uses developmentally, culturally, and linguistically appropriate and effective teaching approaches that enhance each child's learning and development in the context of the program's curriculum goals.
Standard 4: NAEYC Accreditation Criteria for Assessment of Child Progress Score: 100%
Program Standard: The program is informed by ongoing systematic, formal, and informal assessment approaches to provide information on children's learning and development. These assessments occur within the context of reciprocal communications with families and with sensitivity to the cultural contexts in which children develop. Assessment results are used to benefit children by informing sound decisions about children, teaching, and program improvement.
Standard 6: NAEYC Accreditation Criteria for Teachers Standard Score: 100%
Program Standard: The program employs and supports a teaching staff that has the educational qualifications, knowledge, and professional commitment necessary to promote children's learning and development and to support families diverse needs and interests.
Standard 7: NAEYC Accreditation Criteria for Families Standard Score: 82%
Program Standard: The program establishes and maintains collaborative relationships with each child's family to foster children's development in all settings. These relationships are sensitive to family composition, language, and culture.
Standard 9: NAEYC Accreditation Criteria for Physical Environment Standard Score: 91%
Program Standard: The program has a safe and healthful environment that provides appropriate and well-maintained indoor and outdoor physical environments. The environment includes facilities, equipment, and materials to facilitate child and staff learning and development.
Standard 10: NAEYC Accreditation Criteria for Leadership and Management Standard Score: 100%
Program Standard: The program effectively implements policies, procedures, and systems that support stable staff and strong personnel, fiscal, and program management so all children, families, and staff have high-quality experiences.