NAEYC® Accreditation

What is NAEYC?
The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is the premier accrediting body for early childhood programs. NAEYC is the most recognized professional organization for early childhood educators. In 1985, NAEYC established a rigorous accreditation process to recognize programs providing the highest quality education and care for young children. Only a small percentage of the licensed early childhood programs in Illinois have achieved NAEYC Accreditation. The process includes more than 400 individual criteria to prove a program meets the highest standards. NAEYC Accreditation continues to represent the “gold standard” for excellence in early childhood education.

What is the significance of NAEYC to Kensington School?
Kensington School aligns well with the mission, values and beliefs of NAEYC. We share a rich history of both excellence and innovation in early childhood education. We appreciate each child as an individual learner. We recognize the importance of the early years in a child’s life. We value the connection between family and school. We understand the importance of each child’s unique development and learning experiences. Because of these important similarities, Kensington School engaged in a collegial partnership with NAEYC. Through NAEYC Accreditation, we have received recognition of the superior programs Kensington children and families have benefited from for decades.

What does this mean to our families?
Kensington School has been committed to providing the best early childhood experiences for children for more than half of a century. Kensington parents have the additional reassurance that we are nationally recognized for that excellence.