NAEYC Accredited Preschool

Congratulations! You have chosen a preschool for your child that is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Accredited since 1992, through NAEYC, Saddleback Children's Center strives to meet the highest standards possible in an early childhood program. We are re-accredited every five years, which ensures that our program is current with the latest findings in the field. To learn more about NAEYC accredited schools visit their website at

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  • What is NAEYC and what does it mean for an early childhood educatION Program?

    Early childhood programs accredited by NAEYC have undergone a comprehensive process of internal self-study and continuous quality improvement. 

    A high-quality program will provide a safe and nurturing environment while promoting healthy development for young children.

    Read more by clicking the link for the full article to the left.


    These standards were created with input from experts and educators from around

    the country. The standards define what NAEYC—the world’s largest organization of

    early childhood professionals—believes all early learning programs should provide.

    According to these standards, all NAEYC-Accredited programs must:

    1. Promote positive relationships for all children and adults to encourage each

    child’s sense of individual worth.

    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 practices.

    4. Provide ongoing systematic, formal, and informal assessment tools to provide

    information on children’s learning and development.

    5. Promote the nutrition and health of children and protect children and staff from

    illness and injury.

    6. Employ and support a teaching staff with the educational qualifications, knowledge, and professional commitment necessary to promote children’s learning and development and to support families’ diverse needs and interests.

    7. Establish and maintain collaborative relationships with each child’s family to foster children’s development in all settings.

    8. Establish relationships with and use the resources of the children’s communities to support the achievement of program goals.

    9. Provide a safe and healthful physical environment.

    10. Implement policies, procedures, and systems that support stable staff and strong personnel, and fiscally responsible program management so all children, families, and staff have high-quality experiences.