National Association for the Education of Young Children

The Five Mile River Nursery School was privileged to be the first program in the State of Connecticut, and one of the first seventeen in the nation, to be reaccredited under the new NAEYC Standards.  The new standards require programs to meet 80% of over 400 strict criteria in Ten Standards to be awarded Accreditation.  The Five Mile River Nursery School met the criteria by an average score of  98%.  Accreditation is valid for 5 years.  Programs committed to Accreditation, are committed to meeting the highest standards for quality in education for young children, birth through age eight.


The qualifications of the Five Mile River Nursery School staff includes:  

  • Credentialed Administrators certified with the Connecticut Director's Credential at the Masters Level and at the Standard Level 

  • Program Staff include teachers with Child Development Associates; Bachelors Degrees; and Masters Degrees

  • Staff education and experience range in fields including Social Work, Special Needs, Literacy, and Science


All NAEYC Accredited Programs Must:

  • Promote positive relationships for all children and adults.

  • Implement a curriculum that fosters all areas of child development--cognitive, emotional, language,physical, and social.

  • Use developmentally, culturally and linguistically appropriate and effective teaching approaches.

  • Provide ongoing assessments of child progress

  • Promote the nutrition and health of children and staff.

  • Employ and support qualified teaching staff.

  • Establish and maintain collaborative relationships with families.

  • Establish and maintain relationships with and use resources of the community.

  • Provide a safe and healthy physical environment.

  • Implement strong program management policies that result in high-quality service.


Learn more about NAEYC Accreditation at and