Pre-K Credentials

The National Institute for Early Education Research has established ten criteria for evaluating pre-K programs:

  1. Comprehensive early learning standards
  2. Lead teacher must have a BA degree
  3. Lead teacher must have a specialization in early childhood education
  4. Assistant teachers must have a Child Development Associate (CDA) credential
  5. Teachers must complete at least 15 hours of in-service training each year
  6. Maximum class size of 20
  7. Staff-child ratio of 1:10 or better
  8. Vision, hearing, and health screening and referral are required, along with at least one family support service
  9. At least one meal per day is offered
  10. Required site visits by state monitors