NAEYC's national, voluntary accreditation system has set professional standards for early childhood education programs, and helped families identify high quality programs for their young children. This organization gives accreditation to outstanding early childhood education programs. Heartworks Burlington, Shelburne B, Shelburne C and Williston are NAEYC accredited. Heartworks Stowe and STEAMworks are currently going through the NAEYC process, and expects to be completed in 2019 and then all six schools will be NAEYC accredited.
STARS is Vermont’s STep Ahead Recognition System for Child Care, Early Education, and Afterschool Programs, and is a quality initiative of The Child Development Division, The Department for Children and Families, The Agency of Human Services, and The Department of Education. STARS recognizes accomplishments and activities that go above and beyond state regulations. Four of the schools have received a 5-star rating (the highest), one has a 4-star rating, and STEAMworks being a new school in 2017 has a 3-star rating.