Accreditation is the process whereby a program voluntarily pursues self-study,
program improvement, and external program review in order to meet and publicly
confirm that it meets the criteria of quality established by the Maryland State
Department of Education (MSDE) Accreditation Program.
State program criteria are intended to assess quality in all types of programs,
including infant, toddler, preschool, and public pre-kindergarten and kindergarten
programs. MSDE standards are intended to assess quality in programs for young
children, birth to six, who are enrolled either in the public schools, center-based
preschools, or Head Start programs. They address elements of quality that are
specifically critical to early childhood education programs in public schools. The
MSDE standards are closely aligned with national standards and with Federal Head
Start Performance Standards.