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The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) provides accreditation services to ensure the quality of early childhood education. When it decided to bring its accreditation system totally online, it selected Breakthrough Technologies for its depth of experience in education and assessments, and for its impressive skillset with open source platforms.
The NAEYC wanted its new system to improve communications between applicants and the organization, streamline the application review process, and make information reporting more efficient. They wanted an open-source solution that would allow them to own the system and customize it as needed, without incurring licensing costs.
The BT team worked with them to determine the features and functionality needed and the audiences the system would serve. As is typical of the BT process, the team went through information, architecture and business analysis phases to transform those needs into a solution.
A versatile Drupal open-source platform was selected for the project. BT incorporated existing Drupal modules and customized new ones. With Phase I successfully complete, the system is being tested and further functionality added.
Founded in 1926, the NAEYC boasts nearly 80,000 members from more than 300 affiliates and 120 countries. Membership includes teachers, administrators, parents, educators, and policy members committed to bringing high-quality early care and education to all young children.
By bringing their accreditation systems completely online, the NAEYC sought to enhance communications between applicants and the organization, streamline the application review process, and make more efficient the way that information is reported. The NAEYC also wanted an open-source software solution that would allow them to customize the system based on their needs without incurring licensing costs.
The Breakthrough Technologies team worked with their NAEYC counterparts to establish the scope of the project. Together they determined the features and functionality needed and the audiences the system would serve. As is typical of the BT process, the team went through information, architecture and business analysis phases to transform those ‘needs’ into a solution.
A versatile Drupal open-source platform was selected for the project, which incorporated core modules as well as customized modules.
During project development BT engineers also created module patches that were fed back to the Drupal community, maintained by more than 630,000 users and developers. This worldwide community drives the innovation that makes Drupal such an effective open-source choice for web developers and site owners.
With Phases I and II of the NAEYC project completed, the “bones” of the system are being tested internally by the organization. Phase III, which will add additional functionality, is underway.