Gwinnett Tech’s Early Childhood Care and Education Program Earns NAEYC Accreditation

LAWRENCEVILLE — Gwinnett Technical College’s A.A.S. Early Childhood Care and Education Program has been awarded full accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s (NAEYC) Commission on the Accreditation of Early Childhood Education Programs..

The College was one of just three institutions of higher learning in the country to receive a first-time accreditation during the most recent evaluation cycle. NAEYC Accreditation is considered the highest mark of quality in early childhood education.

The NAEYC Commission on Early Childhood Associate Degree Accreditation’s 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.

"We are very proud of this accomplishment. This is yet other big validator that Gwinnett Tech students are the best of the best when they graduate from our program."

Jane Hyche

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 early childhood degree programs should know and be able to do.

The NAEYC Higher Education Accreditation system raises the quality of teacher education by establishing professional preparation standards, which in turn raises the quality of early learning programs serving young children. To earn and retain accreditation, professional preparation programs must demonstrate that they:

  • Align to NAEYC’s Professional Preparation Standards
  • Respond to the unique needs of their degree candidates and communities
  • Provide intentional learning experiences for their degree candidates to obtain the knowledge and skill needed to be effective early childhood educators
  • Continuously assess and reflect on their degree candidates’ performance

Jane Day Hyche, M.Ed., Gwinnett Tech’s Early Childhood Care and Education Program Director shares, "We are very proud of this accomplishment. This is yet other big validator that Gwinnett Tech students are the best of the best when they graduate from our program. As the need for high quality early childhood teachers grows, we stand ready to meet the demand in the workforce. We encourage those in the community interested in serving young children to look to our institution for the very best in education and training."

"NAEYC congratulates its most recently accredited and reaccredited programs!” said Mary Harril, Senior Director of Higher Education Accreditation and Program Support at NAEYC. “This achievement serves as a marker to these programs’ students, the early learning programs in their communities, and to the public that the programs are preparing individuals who are ready to meet the early childhood workforce needs. They join the 168 other institutions with accredited programs as exemplars in the early childhood professional preparation field."

In addition to offering an esteemed associates degree program, Gwinnett Tech also offers certificates in Child Development Specialist, Early Childhood Care and Education Basics, Early Childhood Exceptionalities, and Early Childhood Program Administration. Top jobs graduates from this program pursue include elementary school paraprofessionals, teachers assistants, Head Start teachers, private sector preschool and kindergarten teachers, early childhood program management directors, child care center directors and more.

To learn more about Gwinnett Technical College’s Early Childhood Care and Education Program, visit