Early Childhood Education
Early childhood is a critical period for children to learn social, emotional and cognitive skills that will help them succeed later in school and in life.
One way to evaluation an early childhood education program is by accreditation. Early childhood programs can choose to obtain accreditation, which means that they voluntarily meet higher standards than state licensing regulations. Accredited programs usually offer the care, attention and educational activities that parents expect of high quality early childhood programs to help prepare young children for school. Several national organizations have developed accreditation systems that recognize early childhood education programs that generally meet higher standards than are required by the state.
DC provides free high quality pre-Kindergarten in its public schools, public charter schools, private providers and publicly funded community-based organizations for children 30 months to 5 years old who live in the District.