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What is the NECPA Accreditation?

Quality Standards

Traditionally, our standards have been based on a combination of those developed by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the National Health and Safety Performance Standards developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Public Health Association.

They assess quality in the areas of adult and child interaction, staff framing, health and safety; physical environment, administration, and parent and community relationships. A strong emphasis has been placed on current developments in health and safety, brain research and risk management. The NECPA Commission is dedicated to promoting high quality early childhood programs across the country and internationally.

This NECPA Standards publication defines the quality core standards of the National Early Childhood Program Accreditation system (NECPA) and should be used as a guide and resource by the field and by programs seeking NECPA Accreditation. The NECPA system continues to be based upon the key indicator (statistical predictor) model and a weighted system approach. Further, the NECPA system allows for narrative input from the verifier. This input ensures each program is assessed based on a complete understanding, including potentially mitigating factors that could impact Accreditation. This publication also includes an extensive glossary which offers definition of research based key terms.

The NECPA system is a statistical predictor system. The key indicators listed in the publication are the results of the past 25 years of research in the field of early care and education. These sources of information represent the current, best state of practice in the field of early care and education.
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