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The Salem State Preschool Program is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), a distinction achieved by only eight percent of similar programs nationally.

The Preschool was re-accredited following an extensive self-study and on-site visit by a NAEYC assessor during the spring of 2007. The assessor rated the Preschool against 10 new NAEYC Early Childhood Program Standards and more than 400 related accreditation criteria. The NAEYC accreditation is valid through 2012.

What is the purpose of accreditation?

Accreditation is a voluntarily comprehensive process of internal self-study where an external professional review is invited for a visit to verify compliance with the NAEYC's Early Childhood Programs Standards and Accreditation Criteria.

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Accreditation Ensures a High-quality Early Childhood Program

The Salem State University Preschool is one of the first early childhood programs to earn accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) - the nation's leading organization of early childhood professionals.

"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 Beverly Gerson, Director of the Salem State Preschool. "NAEYC Accreditation lets families in our community know that children in our program are getting the best care and early learning experiences possible."

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 Ginsburg, Ph.D., executive director of NAEYC. "The Salem State University Preschool'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."

The NAEYC Accreditation system has set voluntary professional standards for programs for young children since 1985. As of September 2006, the Association's revised program standards and criteria have introduced a new level of quality, accountability, and service for parents and children in child care programs. The new standards reflect the latest research and best practices in early childhood education and development. NAEYC is committed to utilizing the newest studies and analysis on positive child outcomes to ensure young children continue receiving the highest-quality care and education possible.

The NAEYC Accreditation system was created in 1985 to set professional standards for early childhood education, and to help families identify high-quality preschools, child care centers and other early education programs. To earn NAEYC Accreditation, a program must meet each of the ten NAEYC Early Childhood Program Standards. Programs are accredited by NAEYC for a five-year period.