NAEYC Accreditation

The Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education is pleased to announce that one-time grant funds up to $10,000.00 will be awarded to Alabama’s higher education institutions to pursue accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The Department will award these one-time grants through a competitive application and review process. Applications are due by November 1, 2018.



The National Association for the Education of Young Children is a professional membership organization that works to promote high-quality early learning for all young children, birth through age 8, by connecting early childhood practice, policy, and research. Core to NAEYC’s work to ensure that all young children have access to a high quality learning environment is their commitment to “advance a diverse, dynamic early childhood profession and support all who are for, educate, and work on behalf of all young children.”


The mission of the NAEYC higher education accreditation system is to set a standard of excellence for early childhood degree programs and to recognize programs that have demonstrated they meet this standard, thereby benefiting the early childhood profession, young children, families, and communities. NAEYC’s Professional Preparation Standards serve as the accreditation standards for the system, and these standards establish expectations for early childhood educators across all early learning settings.


The NAEYC Commission on the Accreditation of Early Childhood Higher Education Programs awards accreditation to early childhood associate, baccalaureate, and master’s degree programs that demonstrate evidence of excellence by meeting the NAEYC Professional Preparation Standards. The NAEYC accreditation process provides a framework for self-study, external evaluation, and improvement in the quality of teacher preparation programs. There are currently 208 institutions in 42 states with NAEYC-accredited programs. In the state of Alabama, there are four NAEYC-accredited programs: Calhoun Community College (A.A.S. Child Development); Gadsden State Community College (A.A.S. Child Development); Jefferson State Community College (A.A.S. Child Development); and the University of Alabama (B.S. Human Environmental Studies, Early Childhood Education Major).


Grant Requirements

In order to apply for NAEYC accreditation funding from the Department, an institution must:
• Be a regionally accredited institution of higher education located in the state of Alabama;
• Have an articulation agreement already in place or have the ability to show that they are working toward finalizing such an agreement for early childhood and/or child development courses (in addition to STARS); and
• Provide documentation to the Department on the progress of this work.

Grant Application

Follow this link to apply:
If you have any questions regarding the application process or requests for further information, please contact Tammy Gibson at (334) 202-1636 or