Lake Harriet United Methodist Preschool is accredited by the National Academy of Early Childhood Programs. The academy administers the only national, voluntary, professionally sponsored accreditation system for all types of schools and child care centers. The academy is a division of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the nation’s largest organization of early childhood educators.
A high quality early childhood program provides a safe and nurturing environment while promoting the physical, social, emotional and intellectual development of young children.
Lake Harriet UM Preschool has voluntarily undergone a comprehensive process of internal self-study and has invited external professional review to verify compliance with the Academy’s newly established criteria for High Quality Early Childhood programs and has been found to be in substantial compliance with the criteria. A copy of the criteria can be obtained from the Academy.
We are one of a very small group of programs in the area to undertake the accreditation process and receive re-accreditation. As one of the first preschools in Minnesota to become accredited almost 30 years ago, we have worked hard to maintain our high quality program.
NAEYC Video Check out this video from NAEYC on the value of choosing an accredited early childhood education program.



Lake Harriet UM Preschool is licensed by Minnesota Department of Human Services. This assures our community that high standards have been met regarding space, equipment, the program and staff. The Division of Licensing can be reached at 651-431.6500.   The staff includes the Director and 7 teachers. All staff members have degrees in early childhood development fields and meet the requirements for continuing education. The school is licensed to serve 50 children from ages three until they enter Kindergarten.