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    NAEYC Standards for Professional Preparation Programs

    In 2009, NAEYC revised its position statement, NAEYC Standards for Early Childhood Professional Preparation Programs.  These core NAEYC standards are used in higher education accreditation systems, professional development systems, state policy development, and in program improvement planning.  They also guide the development of initial and advanced standards used for our work in higher education accreditation.  To see the full 2009 NAEYC position statement, Standards for Early Childhood Professional Preparation Programs, or the Where We Stand overview and highlight of significant changes, click here.

    The 2010 NAEYC Standards for Initial and Advanced Early Childhood Professional Preparation Programs provide the basis for accreditation from the NAEYC Commission on Early Childhood Associate Degree Accreditation or NAEYC recognition of baccalaureate and graduate programs as part of National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) accreditation of schools, colleges, and departments of education.  These core standards are used across both NCATE and NAEYC accreditation systems and across associate, baccalaureate, and graduate degree levels.  This document contains the initial and advanced standards and rubrics, as well as an alignment chart of NAEYC Initial Standards with NCATE SASB Principles, NCATE Unit Standards, InTASC Principles, and NBPTS Core Propositions.

    National Health and Safety Performance Standards

    Available for free download or purchase, this 2009 third edition is a joint collaborative project of  the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Public Health Association, the National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education, and the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services