The vision of the Connecticut Association for the Education of Young Children is that every young child in Connecticut will have access to the highest quality of care and education. For more than 80 years, CAEYC’s parent organization, the National Association for the Education of Young Children, has worked to raise the quality of programs for all children from birth through age eight. A major part of NAEYC’s efforts to improve early childhood education is through a system of accreditation for programs that are committed to meeting national standards of quality:
Since its founding in 1926, the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) has been working to define quality in programs for young children. In 1985, NAEYC established its accreditation system to set professional standards for early childhood programs and to help families identify high-quality programs. NAEYC Accreditation is a voluntary system by which programs measure themselves against a national set of standards, and the number of programs pursuing NAEYC Accreditation has grown rapidly through the years. From only a few hundred accredited programs in 1988, there are now more than 10,000 NAEYC-accredited programs, serving nearly one million young children! NAEYC Accreditation has been, and continues to be, the mark of quality in early childhood education.
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