June 24, 2008
In this issue, you'll find information about:

• New resources for programs!
• Spotlight on required criterion 5.A.03
• Updated policy on Required Criteria
• How does NAEYC define “good standing” with licensing/regulation?
• Verification Visit Fee Update
• Accreditation Deadline Questions?
• Sign-Up for NAEYC’s Early Learning News!!

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New resources for programs!

You told us that you wanted to more easily access all of the information about NAEYC Accreditation. We listened and created The Online Resource Center Headquarters (TORCH) to support program quality improvement through NAEYC Accreditation for Early Childhood Programs.

What is TORCH?
TORCH includes resources for early childhood programs in all steps of the NAEYC accreditation process.  At TORCH, you can:

  • Search for criteria, FAQs, and Additional Resources by keyword.
  • View a calendar of important NAEYC due dates and chart your own due dates on a personalized calendar
  • Access valuable NAEYC resources and link to other helpful websites
  • Submit questions directly to the NAEYC Academy Information Center

Who will have access to TORCH?

  • Programs enrolled in Self-Study (Step 1)
  • Accreditation facilitation projects and other individual purchasers of the 

How can I access the pilot site for TORCH?
For instructions to access the pilot site, www.naeyc.org/academy.  

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Spotlight on Required Criterion 5.A.03
Defining pediatric first aid training

Criterion 5.A.03 requires that one staff member with training in pediatric first aid, including managing a blocked airway and rescue breathing for infants and children, be present with each group of children at all times.

What does NAEYC mean by pediatric first aid?
The course should address the needs of young children.

What if the first aid course doesn’t include managing a blocked airway and rescue breathing for children?
Programs may supplement a pediatric first aid course that does not include these topics with a CPR course that addresses the needs of young children.

What additional documentation should our program include if the topics covered in the course are not clear from the certificate or card alone?
Here are some examples of additional evidence:

  • A Copy of the Course Syllabus or Agenda
  • A Letter from the course instructor on the organization’s letterhead
  • A Letter from the training organization
  • A table of contents from the Course Catalogue

PLEASE NOTE:  Evidence should clearly indicate that topics of the course covered pediatric first aid, including managing a blocked airway and providing rescue breathing for infants and children.

For more detailed information about required criterion 5.A.03, please refer to the January 2008 Accreditation e-update and Additional Guidance on NAEYC.


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Updated policy on Required Criteria

The Council for NAEYC Accreditation has clarified that programs must maintain compliance with the Required Criteria.  When the NAEYC Academy gains information to suggest that a violation of a Required Criterion may have occurred in a program seeking or maintaining NAEYC Accreditation, the NAEYC Academy will conduct a review in accordance with the policies and procedures of the NAEYC Academy for Early Childhood Program Accreditation.

The full detail of what this means for programs seeking and maintaining NAEYC Accreditation can be found on www.naeyc.org/academy.


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How does NAEYC define “good standing” with licensing/regulation?

As a part of the Candidacy requirements and criterion 10.B.04, programs must be in good standing with their licensing or regulatory body.  “Good Standing” is defined as a program's ability to operate under the auspice of its licensing or regulating body in a manner that, in NAEYC's view, does not compromise the essential health or safety of children as defined by the Required Criteria. 

For a list of required criterion, refer to www.naeyc.org/academy.


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Verification Visit Fee Update

What is a verification visit?
During its accreditation term, a program must report major changes to the Academy, for example a change in licensing status.   Sometimes additional documentation (e.g. copy of license and recent reports) is not sufficient to ensure continued compliance with NAEYC’s Accreditation Standards and Criteria, therefore a verification visit is required.

What is the fee for a verification visit?
The pricing model for NAEYC’s accreditation fees is built on the assumption that the total fees are distributed across over the five-year cycle of accreditation, allowing other fees to subsidize the cost of site visits, the most expensive element of the accreditation process. Consequently, the site visit fee covers only a portion of the actual cost. Because verification visits are not a part of the typical five-year accreditation cycle, there is no opportunity to amortize the actual costs of a verification visit. Verification visits are essential to maintaining the integrity of NAEYC Accreditation.  Therefore, effective September 1, 2008, fees for verification visits will be:



Level 1 


Level 2 


Level 3 


Level 4 


$100 for each additional 120 children


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Accreditation Deadline Questions?

Currently accredited programs whose current term will expire December 1, 2008 through  March 31, 2009 must begin the reaccreditation process. These programs must enroll in Self Study (Step 1) and submit an Application (Step 2) by June 30, 2008 in order to select the September 30, 2008 Candidacy Due Date (Step 3) and prevent a lapse in their NAEYC Accreditation.  For more information visit: www.naeyc.org/academy.

These timelines do not affect the submission of a program's Annual Report.

Programs must still submit an Annual Report on the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th anniversaries of their NAEYC Accreditation.  If your program closes for the summer, remember to check when your Annual Report is due.  You may need to submit it before you close for the summer!  For more information visit: www.naeyc.org/academy.


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Sign-Up for NAEYC’s Early Learning News!!

Did you know that accredited program news coverage accounts for more than 60% of the media exposure NAEYC receives?

NAEYC’s Early Learning News is an important tool which allows accredited programs to read about daily media coverage of local NAEYC program accreditations via e-mail.  The daily clips highlight local news coverage NAEYC accredited programs followed by a compilation of early education news from around the country and the world.

The service is voluntary, free and arrives in your e-mail daily. If you’re interested in signing up please e-mail: kgawrgy@naeyc.org or dowens@naeyc.org to sign up.

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For more help with your questions about NAEYC Accreditation, e-mail accreditation.information@naeyc.org or call (800) 424-2460 and press 3 to reach the NAEYC Academy Information Center.

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