NAEYC High-Quality Standards
You have chosen to explore a program for your child that seeks to meet HIGH-QUALITY standards for Nursery, Preschool, and Kindergarten education. The standards that guide our Wesley Memorial School are those established by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. NAEYC administers the largest and most widely recognized voluntary system for self-assessment and accreditation of all types of early childhood centers.
WMS was accredited by NAEYC in 2002, and completed the process for re-accreditation in 2008. Through the Western NC Conference of The United Methodist Church, WMS completed additional requirements specific to faith-based programs to achieve The W.I.S.E. Award in 2005 -- certifying WMS as “Wonderfully In Search Of Excellence.”
What is a high-quality early childhood program?
High-quality programs provide a safe and nurturing environment while promoting the development of young children. NAEYC-based programs show their quality by following 10 Early Childhood Program Standards. Each NAEYC Standard is based on the latest research about the education and development of young children. NAEYC-based programs must . . .
- promote positive relationships for all children and adults.
- implement a curriculum that fosters all areas of child development – cognitive, emotional, language, physical, and social.
- use developmentally, culturally, and linguistically appropriate and effective teaching approaches.
- provide ongoing assessments of child progress.
- promote the nutrition and health of children and staff.
- employ and support qualified teaching staff.
- establish and maintain collaborative relationships with families.
- establish and maintain relationships with and use resources of the community.
- provide a safe and healthy physical environment.
- implement strong program management policies that result in high-quality service.
Wesley Memorial School teachers are professionals with early childhood training and experience. WMS teachers complete Classroom Portfolios to document accountability in maintaining all age-level criteria of NAEYC. WMS teachers participate in a minimum of 10 contact hours annually of professional development – 3 hours of which must be in workshop trainings offering reflective practice of the NAEYC guidelines.
For more information about NAEYC Program Standards, visit www.rightchoiceforkids.org.