Katonah Village Kids is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

We have voluntarily gone through a comprehensive process of internal study, invited external professional review to verify compliance with the Criteria for High Quality Early Childhood Programs, and we have been found to be in substantial compliance with the Criteria. It’s like the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval!

Parents can be assured that their child is in a program that goes the extra mile to ensure quality.


What is a high-quality early childhood program?

  • Frequent, positive, warm interactions among teachers and children
  • Planned learning activities appropriate to children’s age and development
  • Specially trained teachers and administrators
  • Ongoing professional development
  • Enough adults to respond to individual children
  • Many and varied age-appropriate materials
  • Respect for cultural diversity
  • A healthy and safe environment
  • Inclusive environments
  • Regular, two-way communication with families who are welcome visitors at all times
  • Effective administration
  • Ongoing, systematic evaluations

Accreditation is valid for five years. During that period, we maintain compliance with accreditation standards, document program improvements, and provide notification about major changes.


Core Values

Standards of ethical behavior in early childhood care and education are based on commitment to the following core values that are deeply rooted in the history of the field of early childhood care and education. We have made a commitment to
  • Appreciate childhood as a unique and valuable stage of the human life cycle
  • Base our work on knowledge of how children develop and learn
  • Appreciate and support the bond between the child and family
  • Recognize that children are best understood and supported in the context of family, culture, community, and society
  • Respect the dignity, worth, and uniqueness of each individual (child, family member, and colleague)
  • Respect diversity in children, families, and colleagues
  • Recognize that children and adults achieve their full potential in the context of relationships that are based on trust and respect

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