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 and Williston are NAEYC accredited. Heartworks Shelburne C and Stowe will soon be going through the process.
Renaissance and Endeavour Schools are a recognized independent school with the state of Vermont.
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. Three of the schools have received a 5-star rating (the highest) and two have a 4-star rating.