The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Degree Program in Early Childhood is Nationally Accredited.
CPCC's AAS Degree Program in Early Childhood was accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young (NAEYC) Children in September of 2007. Our program is one of a small number of associate degree programs to receive NAEYC accreditation.
The National Association for the Education of Young Children Early Childhood Associate Degree Accreditation system sets a standard of excellence for early childhood programs that prepare teachers at the associate degree level. The process includes extensive self-study, submission of a Self Study Report, a site visit conducted by a Peer Review Team and an accreditation decision made by a national Commission of early childhood professionals.
The NAEYC associate degree standards are based on recent research in early childhood development and learning. The accreditation standards are performance based and describe what well-prepared graduates of associate degree programs should know and be able to do.