All of WHSCDA, Inc's centers and classrooms are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). NAEYC accreditation is widely recognized as the gold star of quality for early childhood programs. Less than 15% of early childhood education programs nationwide are NAEYC accredited. NAEYC administers the largest and most widely recognized accreditation system for all types of early childhood programs and child care centers and is the nation's largest organization of early childhood educators.
What is accreditation? Early childhood programs accredited by the NAEYC Academy for Early Childhood Program Accreditation have voluntarily undergone a comprehensive process of internal self-study and improvement. Each NAEYC accredited program must meet all 10 of the NAEYC Early Childhood Program Standards.
What is a high-quality early childhood program? High-quality programs provide a safe and nurturing environment while promoting the development of young children. NAEYC-accredited programs show their quality by meeting the 10 NAEYC Early Childhood Program Standards, which are based on the latest research on the education and development of young children. All NAEYC-accredited programs must 1. promote positive relationships for all children and adults. 2. implement a curriculum that fosters all areas of child development - cognitive, emotional, language, physical, and social. 3. use developmentally, culturally, and linguistically appropriate and effective teaching approaches. 4.provide ongoing assessments of child progress. 5. promote the nutrition and health of children and staff. 6. employ and support qualified teaching staff. 7. establish and maintain collaborative relationships with families. 8. establish and maintain relationships with and use resources of the community. 9. provide a safe and healthy physical environment. 10. implement strong program management policies that result in high-quality service.