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:

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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


Featured Center: Aleph Academy 

Aleph Academy Earns National NAEYC Accreditation

Program recognized among the top in the nation by earning accreditation

Reno, NV– Aleph Academy, centrally located in Southwest Reno has earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)—the world’s largest organization working on behalf of young children.

NAEYC Accreditation is a rigorous and transformative quality-improvement system that uses a set of 10 research-based standards to collaborate with early education programs to recognize and drive quality-improvement in high-quality early learning environments. “Aleph Academy strives to be a model of excellence in all aspects of early childhood care and education. We’re proud to have earned the mark of quality from NAEYC, and to be recognized for our commitment to reaching the highest professional standards,” said Sarah Cunin, Educational Director. Aleph Academy has served the Reno community for a decade and provides quality early childhood education for children that range in age from one to five.

To earn NAEYC Accreditation, Aleph Academy went through an extensive self-study and quality-improvement process, followed by an on-site visit by a NAEYC Assessor to verify and ensure that the program met each of the ten program standards, and hundreds of corresponding individual criteria. NAEYC-accredited programs are always prepared for unannounced quality-assurance visits during their accreditation term, which lasts for five years.

In the 30 years since NAEYC Accreditation was established, it has become a widely recognized sign of high-quality early childhood education. More than 7,000 programs are currently accredited by NAEYC—less than 10 percent of all child care centers, preschools, and kindergartens nationally achieve this recognition.

“NAEYC Accredited programs bring our definitions of excellence for early childhood education to life each day,” said Kristen Johnson, senior director of Early Learning Program Accreditation at NAEYC. “Earning NAEYC Accreditation makes Aleph Academy an exemplar of good practice for families and the entire community.”

For more information about NAEYC Accreditation, visit the NAEYC website.

Here is a few pictures of their center:

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