Preschool Staff

NAEYC Accreditation Press Release

For more information contact:

Debbie Sharpe, MA/ECSE

SPS Director

719 523-6920


For immediate release:


Springfield Preschool Earns National NAEYC Accreditation

Program recognized among the top in the nation by earning accreditation


Springfield COSpringfield Preschool has earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)—the world's largest organization working on behalf of young children.


NAEYC Accreditation is a rigorous and transformative quality-improvement system that uses a set of 10 research-based standards to collaborate with early education programs to recognize and drive quality-improvement in high-quality early learning environments. “NAEYC Accreditation sets the standard for best practice in early childhood and gives us the resources to strive to be the best” said Kristen Schmidt, 3-4 year old preschool teacher at SPS.  “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,” said Deb Sharpe, Pre-K teacher/SPS Director. 


To earn NAEYC Accreditation, the Springfield Preschool team went through an extensive self-study and quality-improvement process, followed by an on-site visit by NAEYC Assessors to verify and ensure that the program met each of the ten program standards, and hundreds of corresponding individual criteria. NAEYC-accredited programs are always prepared for unannounced quality-assurance visits during their accreditation term, which lasts for five years.


In the 30 years since NAEYC Accreditation was established, it has become a widely recognized sign of high-quality early childhood education. More than 6,000 programs are currently accredited by NAEYC—less than 10 percent of all child care centers, preschools, and kindergartens nationally achieve this recognition. 


“NAEYC-Accredited programs have committed to a process that takes time, energy and dedication to complete” states Alissa Mwenelupembe, Senior Director Early Learning Program Accreditation. Springfield Preschool has demonstrated their commitment to young children and their families.”

  For more information about NAEYC Accreditation, visit the NAEYC website