Self Reporting Update - Addition/Deletion of Satellite Locations
Programs are now required to Self-Report the addition or deletion of Satellite Locations to NAEYC within 30 days of the change. The Self-Report form has been updated to assist programs in reporting this change. For more information, please refer to Satellite Location Requirements.
Follow-Up Information Related to 72-Hour Notification Submissions
The 72-Hour Notification Form has been updated to assist program staff in preparing for next steps that may be required. The second page of the enhanced form provides a sample of the information that the program may be required to provide for the NAEYC Academy to apply the Scope and Severity Screen in accordance with the Required Criteria Policy.
Do you take advantage of NAEYC’s template press release for your program? An excellent way to let families know that your program has achieved NAEYC Accreditation is by alerting your local media outlets. Do some research to find out who to contact at your local newspapers, broadcast stations, and blogs. E-mail your local reporters or bloggers a press release, which is available within the Program Record for all programs that are currently NAEYC-Accredited.
Below are links to examples of local press on programs recently accredited by NAEYC.
To get similar press for your programs, distribute NAEYC’s press release template and then consider the following tips:
Follow-up to make sure reporters received your press release and offer to speak to reporters if they need more information. (This follow-up should come from the program director or anyone designated as a spokesperson.)
Be open to reporters visiting your program and possibly taking photos or video. Make sure you have signed release forms from children’s families if photos or video are taken.
Avoid jargon when speaking to a reporter.
Be honest and refer reporters to others if you cannot answer the question yourself.
Be excited! If you aren’t excited, reporters won’t be.
Press related to programs earning NAEYC Accreditation is included in the NAEYC Early Learning News, NAEYC in the News section. Sign up to receive the weekly edition of Early Learning News today!
Celebrate 25 Years of NAEYC Accreditation of Programs for Young Children!
Tell us your story!
NAEYC wants to hear from educators and families who have an inspiring or unique story to tell about their connection to a program accredited by NAEYC. The best stories will be recognized during an NAEYC Accreditation 25th Anniversary special event at the 2010 Annual Conference & Expo in Anaheim, California, and featured on NAEYC’s website! Submit your story and spread the word!
Don't Miss Dr. T. Berry Brazelton at the 2010 Annual Conference & Expo!
Dr. T. Berry Brazelton and Dr. Joshua Sparrow will be the opening keynote speakers at the 2010 Annual Conference & Expo where they’ll discuss Dr. Brazelton’s concept of “Touchpoints.” Watch Dr. Brazelton’s speech at the National Institute for Early Childhood Professional Development in Phoenix, Arizona, for a preview of what’s to come! Register today to hear this pioneer of pediatric medicine and child development share his wisdom!
Now Available! 2010 Annual Conference At-a-Glance Flyer
The 2010 Annual Conference & Expo is just around the corner. This year, NAEYC Accreditation of Programs for Young Children is pleased to offer a wide selection of accreditation-related workshops taking place throughout the Conference. Get your copy of the 2010 At-a-Glance flyer to assist you in finding NAEYC Accreditation sessions and planning your Conference schedule.
You can also schedule a personal consultation with NAEYC staff at the Annual Conference. During these consultation sessions, you will receive face-to-face technical assistance on understanding and navigating the NAEYC Accreditation process. To schedule a consultation, send an e-mail to AccreditationTraining@naeyc.org. Be sure to include your name, topic to be discussed, and your preferred meeting date and time. Consultations are available Wednesday, November 3 through Friday, November 5 from 8 am to 5 pm and Saturday, November 6 from 8 am to 12 pm.
NAEYC-Accredited programs often distribute the Congratulations to Parents brochure to families who choose their programs. Now this exclusive brochure, only for NAEYC-Accredited programs, is available in Spanish. Programs can purchase this new resource through the NAEYC Accreditation Promotional Materials Order Form, which will be available through the program record in October.
Other accreditation brochures available in Spanish include The Right Choice for Kids and A Guide For Families. They can be ordered from the NAEYC online store.
Free Resources and Training Opportunity from Zero to Three
Is your program working to meet the unique needs of military families? Check out the following resources and training opportunities from Zero To Three, a national, nonprofit organization that informs, trains, and supports professionals, policymakers, and parents in their efforts to improve the lives of infants and toddlers.
Zero To Three’s Coming Together Around Military Families® (CTAMF) initiative works to strengthen the resilience of young children and families who are impacted by deployment-related issues. The Duty to Care (DTC) training series explores the helping professional’s role and the needs of very young children whose families are experiencing complicated deployments and reunifications. This training is offered free of charge to helping professionals both within the military and civilian sectors.
Zero To Threealso provides free resources developed to meet the needs of the parents, caregivers, and professionals who are supporting military families with very young children. Visit www.zerotothree.org/military and www.militaryonesource.com for more information.
The above resources and training opportunities can assist early childhood programs working to meet the following NAEYC Accreditation Criteria within Standard 8: Communities.
Program staff develop partnerships and professional relationships with agencies, consultants, and organizations in the community that further the program's capacity to meet the needs and interests of the children and families that they serve.
Program staff use their knowledge of the community and the families it serves as an integral part of the curriculum and children's learning experiences.
Important Reaccreditation Due Dates* *Applies to programs accredited after September 2006
October 31, 2010, is the last date to submit an Application (step 2) to reserve the January 31, 2011, Candidacy due date (step 3). Note that programs must submit Enrollment (step 1) prior to submitting an application (step 2).
NAEYC Accreditation Expiration Date
Candidacy Due Date
April 1, 2011
July 31, 2011
Enrollment Form must be submitted prior to the submission of the Application
November 1, 2009
October 31, 2010
January 31, 2011
August 1, 2011
November 30, 2011
Enrollment Form must be submitted prior to the submission of the Application
March 1, 2010
February 28, 2011
May 31, 2011
*Programs submitting Candidacy Materials on all upcoming Candidacy due dates must prepare their Self-Assessment according to the 2008 Sources of Evidence. Self-Assessment tools for the 2008 Sources of Evidence are available in the TORCH Resource Library. Tools from the CD-ROM previously included in the 2006 Self-Study Kit are no longer valid.
These timelines do not affect the submission of a program's Annual Report. Programs are still required to submit an Annual Report on the first, second, third and fourth anniversaries of their NAEYC Accreditation to maintain accreditation for their current term of accreditation.
Important Renewal Due Dates* *Applies to programs accredited after September 2006
In an effort to streamline what was previously referred to as the reaccreditation process, NAEYC has developed a program-friendly, efficient renewal process. Programs accredited after September 2006 must complete the following renewal procedures according to the due dates published in the Timeline for Currently Accredited Programs in order to avoid a lapse in NAEYC Accreditation.
Submit Intent to Renew – The Intent to Renew form is used to inform NAEYC of a program’s commitment to pursue a new term of NAEYC Accreditation. The Intent to Renew form and applicable fee (see Renewal Fees chart below) can be submitted along with, but not before, the submission of the fourth Anniversary Annual Report. Refer to the Timeline for Currently Accredited Programs for your program’s Intent to Renew due date, which is the last date to submit Intent to Renew for programs that wish to avoid a lapse in NAEYC Accreditation.
Receive Site Visit – Once a program’s Renewal Materials are approved, the program will receive a site visit within six months of the Renewal Materials due date.
Receive Accreditation Decision – If the due dates in the Timeline for Currently Accredited Programs are met, a program will receive its accreditation decision before the end of its current term of NAEYC Accreditation. If the program receives an accreditation decision of “Renew,” it will seamlessly transition into a new five-year term of NAEYC Accreditation after the end of its current term of NAEYC Accreditation.
If a program does not meet the deadlines in the Timeline for Currently Accredited Programs, its NAEYC Accreditation will no longer be valid following the Valid Until Date listed on the NAEYC Accreditation Certificate. If the program wishes to regain its NAEYC Accreditation, it may submit Intent to Renew up to one (1) calendar year after its Valid Until Date to begin the Renewal process. The renewal process must be successfully completed, with the program earning an accreditation decision of “accredited,” for the program to regain its status as an NAEYC-Accredited program. If the program does not submit Intent to Renew within one (1) calendar year of its Valid Until Date, it must successfully complete the four-step NAEYC Accreditation process for programs seeking initial accreditation to regain its status as an NAEYC-Accredited program.
Programs preparing for renewal will receive targeted support from NAEYC to ensure they are prepared for a site visit with current portfolios, surveys, and practice observations. Tools to prepare a program for a site visit are located in the TORCH Resource Library, folder 4. Tools for Self-Assessment.
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