As of the summer of 1994, St. Andrew Preschool achieved accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Since its founding in 1926, NAEYC has been working to define quality in programs for young children. In 1985, NAEYC established its accreditation system to set professional standards for early childhood programs and to help families identify high-quality programs. NAEYC Accreditation is a voluntary system by which programs measure themselves against a national set of standards, and the number of programs pursuing NAEYC Accreditation has grown rapidly through the years. From only a few hundred accredited programs in 1988, there are now more than 10,000 NAEYC-accredited programs, serving nearly one million young children. NAEYC Accreditation has been, and continues to be, the mark of quality in early childhood education.
St. Andrew Preschool staff and teachers invest a substantial amount of time and energy in our students and their families. Positive early childhood experiences have an enormous impact on children’s attitude towards learning. Early childhood programs with NAEYC accreditation benefit children with greater readiness for and success in school.