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NAEYC accreditation

National Association for the Education of Young Children


National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies

Only 7,000 or 8% of all early childhood programs in the nation meet the rigorous standards put forward by NAEYC.

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. NAEYC Accreditation lets families in our community know that children in our program are getting the best care and early learning experiences possible.

What sets Saint Luke's Children's Center apart from the rest is that we are the ONLY Christ-based education for your child that accepts kids as young as 6 weeks old. All the other churches/faith-based schools in the area only begin at 3 years old (or preschool age). We proudly carry this distinction and recognize our director and teachers for their extra efforts in obtaining the NAEYC accreditation so that we can educate the youngest of God's children.

How We Earned It

To earn NAEYC Accreditation, Saint Luke's Children's Center went through an extensive self-study process, measuring the program and its services against the ten NAEYC Early Childhood Program Standards and more than 400 related Accreditation Criteria.  The program received NAEYC Accreditation after an on-site visit by NAEYC Assessors to ensure that the program meets each of the ten program standards.  NAEYC-accredited programs are also subject to unannounced visits during their accreditation, which lasts for five years.

Who Else Has NAEYC Accreditation

In the 25 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 – approximately 8 percent of all preschools and other early childhood programs. 

“The NAEYC Accreditation system raises the bar for child care centers and other early childhood programs,” said Jerlean E. Daniel, Ph.D, executive director of NAEYC. “Having earned NAEYC Accreditation is a sign that Saint Luke's Children's Center is a leader in a national effort to invest in high-quality early childhood education.”

The NAEYC Accreditation system has set voluntary professional standards for programs for young children since 1985.  In September 2006, the Association revised program standards and criteria to introduce a new level of quality, accountability, and service for parents and children in child care programs.  The new standards today reflect the latest research and best practices in early childhood education and development. NAEYC is committed to utilizing the newest studies and analysis on positive child outcomes to ensure young children continue receiving the highest-quality care and education possible.

The NAEYC Accreditation system was created to set professional standards for early childhood education, and to help families identify high-quality preschools, child care centers and other early education programs.  To earn NAEYC Accreditation, a program must meet each of the ten NAEYC Early Childhood Program Standards.  Programs are accredited by NAEYC for a five-year period.

For more information about NAEYC Accreditation, visit

Some families are eligible for the NACCRRA program; this provides tuition assistance above and beyond the 10% discount offered by SLCC.

NAEYC accreditation is vital to our local military families receiving assistance through the National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies (NACCRRA).

Military Families Save More Than 10% On Average

Military familes who meet NACCRRA qualification for tuition assistance can apply for aid above and beyond the 10% discount already offered by Saint Luke's.

Why Doesn't My Base or Post Know Anything About It?

Because NACCRRA is a nationwide program, local bases may not be able to effectively communicate the benefits of the program to military families who are unable to participate in the Child Development Centers (CDCs) on base due to space limitations. Also please note we may not show up in search engine results on the website below. If you don't see us on this list, we are still eligible. Please contact Child Care Aware at 1-800-424-2246

How to Apply

A general overview of the process is below. Click the link above to follow the process.

  1. Select the branch of Service that applies to your family.
  2. Create a user account so that you can track your application later.
  3. Fill out the requested information.

Based on your rank/grade, you will receive a discount on tuition (after the center already gives you a 10% discount). It's a win-win situation for you and SLCC! The center is reimbursed by NACCRRA for the discounts provided to you.


  • Fee assistance programs are provided for children ages birth through 12 years.
  • The Service Member’s spouse must be working or enrolled in school for the OMCC, MCCYN or Fallen Warrior programs (also applies to unmarried parents living in the same household). Temporary assistance is available for spouses who are seeking employment.
  • All programs require Families to use a provider with a state child care license who has been inspected within the last 12 months. For the MCCYN program, providers must meet additional high quality standards