Accreditation – A Mark of Quality

We take pride in our accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, and in the fact that we are one of the few parent participation preschools in the area that has this type of accreditation. In fact, only 9% of child care programs are accredited nationwide. The accreditation process examines the total program, emphasizing quality interactions among staff and children and a developmentally appropriate curriculum.

What is NAEYC accreditation?

The National Association for the Education of Young Children is the nation’s leading organization of early childhood professionals. NAEYC Accreditation is an indicator of a high-quality program.

To earn NAEYC Accreditation, Open Gate went through an extensive self-study process, measuring the program and its services against the 10 NAEYC Early Childhood Program Standards and more than 400 related Accreditation Criteria.

These standards are based on the latest research and best practices in early childhood education and development. The program received NAEYC Accreditation after a site visit by NAEYC Assessors to ensure that the program meets each of the ten program standards. In the 23 years since NAEYC Accreditation was established, it has become a widely recognized sign of high-quality early childhood education.

“The NAEYC Accreditation system raises the bar for preschools, child care centers and other early childhood programs,” said Mark Ginsberg, Ph.D., executive director of NAEYC. “Open Gate Nursery School’s NAEYC Accreditation is a sign that they are a leader in a national effort to invest in high-quality early childhood education, and to help give all children a better start.”