Certifications and Accreditations

NAEYC Accreditation and Early Achievers Participation

The South Whidbey Children’s Center is located on Whidbey Island. We enjoy a much slower pace of life than the urban areas just across the water from us. Living in our rural community gives our families and their children opportunities to grow and develop without the constant stimulus and pressure that you might find in more populated areas. In spite of being in such a small town, SWCC offers the highest quality early education available. We are a safe, nurturing and equitable space for children and families from all backgrounds.

We have been accredited with the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) since 2006. Only the top 10% of early childhood learning centers in the United States hold the NAEYC accreditation.

NAEYC Accreditation: No Small Feat

Accredited programs need to meet NAEYC’s 10 standards for high-quality early childhood education. Programs that meet these standards have demonstrated that they provide a safe and healthy environment for children, have teachers that are educated in early learning, have access to excellent teaching materials, and work with a curriculum that is appropriately challenging and developmentally sound.

We have worked very hard to receive and maintain our NAEYC accreditation. We received 100+ in all 10 NAEYC domains on our 2018 renewal.

For further information, please visit: www.naeyc.org

Early Achievers

In addition to NAEYC the South Whidbey Children’s Center voluntarily participates in Early Achievers through The Washington State Department of Children, Youth and Families. SWCC is a Level Four Early Achievers facility, one of only three such facilities in our five county region.

Early Achievers specifically looks at child outcomes, curriculum, learning environments and teacher and child interactions, professional development and training and family engagement. Having a Level Four rating means that SWCC teachers prepare learning plans to make their classrooms a rich learning environment and collaborate with parents to develop an individualized learning plans specific to their child’s needs.


To learn more about what Early Achievers’ ratings and methodology means for your family, learn more here:

Early Achievers Standards Validation Study


In depth look at Early Achievers Standards and Rating Metrics