Topic: Evaluating Early Childhood programs

Over the last few weeks, you have become immersed in the evaluation tools which programs use to assess interventions, children’s academic and social-emotional progress, and teacher/family relationships. You have also explored how programs select their “it” or evaluation focus. You now observe the accreditation process, a powerful tool which assists programs in evaluating their programs as a whole.

In the field of early childhood, achieving accreditation is the hallmark of program excellence. Accreditation associations not only provide standards and benchmarks for which programs should strive but they also provide a framework for an ongoing commitment to quality. Building upon the latest research, accreditation associations evolve their processes to meet the dynamic needs of today’s populations.

In this Assignment, you examine the accreditation process, exploring how it has evolved over the last decade. You also consider how this process compares to other program evaluations which you have begun to explore in this course.

To prepare

Watch this module’s media presentation, in which the presenters share their experiences with undergoing program accreditation. Then, use the Learning Resources, as well as your own research, to explore how the accreditation process has been shaped by various factors throughout the last decade. In addition, reflect on how the accreditation process might continue to evolve over the next five years.

By Day 7 of Week 4

Submit a 2- to 4-page paper that addresses the following:

Accreditation

  • Select at least one accreditation process with which you are familiar, have read about, or have experienced. For example, you might discuss QRIS or NAEYC accreditation. Discuss NAEYC
    • Briefly describe the accreditation process you have selected.
    • Explain how this accreditation process has changed in your locality over the last decade.
    • Explain how this accreditation process may continue to evolve. Describe at least three factors that might influence future change(s); for each, include why it is a factor and how it might be of influence.

Submit a 2- to 4-page paper that addresses the following:

Accreditation

Accreditation and Evaluation

  • From the outside looking in, it might be easy to confuse the accreditation process with program evaluation. As a leader, it is important that you are able to differentiate between the two.
    • Explain at least two ways accreditation and evaluation processes differ.
    • Explain at least two ways accreditation and evaluation processes overlap.

Submit a 2- to 4-page paper that addresses the following:

Accreditation

Accreditation and Evaluation

Cite at least three references in APA format to substantiate your thinking.

Type of service-Academic paper writing
Type of assignment-Essay
Subject-Education
Pages / words-3 / 825
Number of sources-5
Academic level-High School
Paper format-MLA
Line spacing-Double
Language style-US English

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