As parents prepare to choose a preschool for their little ones they are faced with many questions. Some of the more common are what is the ratio of students to teachers, what are the qualifications of the staff and what health and safety measures are in place to ensure the well being of my child? A question that some may overlook is that of accreditation. As a parent it is important to know if the preschool you are considering is accredited. When a preschool goes through the accreditation process it shows that it is committed to delivering a high quality program. The accreditation process involves having an outside organization that utilizes experts in the field of Education to observe, evaluate and continuously monitor the operational procedures and learning processes that are taking place.
One well known and highly used accrediting organization for preschools is The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). An organization that many preschools are starting to use is The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS-CASI). These organizations each have their own set of standards that are used to determine the accreditation status for preschools. They both rely on best practices and research in the field of Early Childhood Education to determine their standards. So for those of you that will be looking to enroll your child in a preschool be sure to obtain information about their accreditation. This information will prove to be invaluable to you as you want to make sure that you have chosen a quality program for your child. These are the most formative years of your child's life. It is your responsibility to make sure that they are being formed in a setting that prepares for a successful future.