Early Learning Early Research Academy is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children

January 8, 2018

The Early Learning Research Academy (ELRA) recently was accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), a national membership organization that promotes high-quality early learning for all young children, birth through 8, by connecting early childhood practice, policy, and research.  The accreditation is a major accomplishment that places ELRA in an elite status of early childhood learning centers.  To achieve accreditation, a center must meet at least 80% of assessed criteria for each program standard and at least 70% of assessed criteria for each class selected for assessment.  ELRA received over 98% in the first category and over 94% in the second category.

NAEYC commended ELRA on:

  • promoting positive relationships among all children and adults to encourage each child’s sense of individual worth and belonging as part of a community and to foster each child’s ability to contribute as a responsible community member;
  • using developmentally, culturally and linguistically appropriate and effective teaching approaches that enhance each child’s learning and development in the context of the program’s curriculum goals;
  • using ongoing, systematic, formal and informal assessment approaches to provide information on children’s learning and development;
  • promoting the nutrition and health of children and protecting children and staff from illness and injury;
  • effectively establishing and maintaining reciprocal relationships with agencies and institutions that can support it in achieving its goals for the curriculum, health promotion, children’s transitions, inclusion, and diversity;
  • administering a program efficiently and effectively, ensuring that all involved persons, staff, children, and families are included

Accreditation is valid for five years before being renewed.