For more than 80 years, the National Association for the Education of Young Children has worked to raise the quality of programs for all children from birth through age eight. A major part of NAEYC’s efforts to improve early childhood education is through different systems of accreditation for programs that are committed to meeting national standards of quality:

Accreditaiton of Program for Young Children Accreditation of Programs for Young Children
Since 1985, NAEYC’s national, voluntary accreditation system has set professional standards for early childhood education programs, and helped families identify high-quality programs for their young children.

Nevada currently has 26 NAEYC accredited programs for young children throughout the state. Families, students, potential employees or others interested in locating high quality programs may find specific contact information for NAEYC accredited centers in Nevada by using the accredited program search function at the Right Choice for Kids.

Please click HERE to view a listing of NAEYC Accredited Centers in Nevada


NAEYC has recently developed two promotional videos to spread the word about NAEYC Accreditation!

NAEYC Accreditation – The Right Choice for Kids helps families to understand the benefits of NAEYC-Accredited Programs.

Program-Administrators, NAEYC-Accredited encourages early childhood programs to engage in Self-Study using the NAEYC Program Standards and Criteria and strive to become NAEYC Accredited


Programs interested in pursuing NAEYC accreditation can contact one of the local or state affiliate Accreditation Chairs for more information about technical assistance that may be available during the enrollment, application, and candidacy phases of the process.

Calena Greenspan LeAn Shelton Jarrod Dickens
Nevada AEYC Reno AEYC Southern Nevada AEYC
775 682-7641 775 853-0511 702 382-7337
775 327-5090 fax 775 851-3408 fax 702 382-1817 fax

NAEYC also accredits associate degree programs in Early Childhood Education.

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NAEYC accredits high-quality Associate Degree Programs that prepare early childhood educators.

Truckee Meadows Community College in Reno has earned NAEYC Associate Degree Accreditation for the following programs:

A.A. Early Childhood Education
A.A.S. Infant/Toddler
A.A.S. Preschool

For more information about these accredited degree programs, see the TMCC ECE Program website or please contact:

Crystal E. Swank, MS
Professor, Program Coordinator
Early Childhood Education
Truckee Meadows Community College
7000 Dandini Blvd., RDMT 334F
Reno, NV 89512
(775) 673-8272