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National Certification
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  • Recognizes that a Primary Project program is being implemented with fidelity
  • Indicates that your Primary Project program is an asset to the school and worth keeping
  • Proves to funders that your Primary Project program is evidence-based and adheres to best practices and standards
  • Provides opportunity for program growth, since the process helps schools identify program strengths as well as areas for improvement
  • Offers formal recognition of the good work being done on behalf of children in your school through Primary Project
  • Produces information that can be shared with the school board, the local community, and other interested stakeholders
  • Adds credibility to your Primary Project program for the benefit of parents, teachers, principals, and others who understand the value of a nationally-certified program 
  • Request information
  • Submit application, rubric, and supporting materials
  • Schedule a half-day visit with endorser and create agenda
  • Host a school visit with an endorser who interviews key stakeholders
  • Receive letter with information about certification status 
  • Standards-based
  • Supported with technical assistance
  • Open and transparent
  • Fair, with due process
  • User-friendly
  • Reviewed by experts in Primary Project implementation

"The rubric and application were very helpful in completing the paperwork."

"Having the Primary Project program at the Lake Placid Elementary School certified adds a stamp-of-approval to this valuable program. The certification process is an excellent opportunity to conduct an in-house program review and has helped maintain teacher support and district funding. I love being able to tell questioning parents that the program I am inviting their child to join is evidence-based and nationally certified by Children's Institute. That statement goes a long way in convincing parents to allow their child to participate in a cycle of Primary Project at Lake Placid Elementary School."

"The process is quite simple and is a smooth process. The endorser was great."

Nationally Certified Schools


Boys Town South Florida (School District of Palm Beach County)
Barton Elementary School
Egret Lake Elementary School
Freedom Shores Elementary School
Golden Grove Elementary School
Greenacres Elementary School
Highland Elementary School
J.C. Mitchell Elementary School
Jupiter Elementary School
Lantana Elementary School
Pine Grove Elementary School
Seminole Trails Elementary School
South Olive Elementary School


Carthage Central School District
West Carthage Elementary School

Charter School for Applied Technologies

Chenango Valley Central School District
Port Dickinson Elementary School

City School District of New Rochelle
Barnard Early Childhood Center
Trinity Elementary School

East Syracuse Minoa Central School District
East Syracuse Elementary School
Woodland Elementary School                                  

Lake Placid Central School District
Lake Placid Elementary School

Lyons Central School District
Lyons Elementary School

Northern Adirondack Central School District
Northern Adirondack Elementary School

Nyack Public Schools
Liberty Elementary School
Valley Cottage Elementary School

Palmyra-Macedon Central School District
Palmyra-Macedon Primary School

Rochester City School District
Clara Barton School No. 2
John Williams School No. 5
Virgil I. Grissom School No. 7
Roberto Clemente School No. 8
The Children's School No. 15
Nathaniel Hawthorne School No. 25
Henry Hudson School No. 28
Audubon School No. 33
Abelard Reynolds School No. 42
World of Inquiry School No. 58


abobin [at] (Arlene Bobin, M.Ed.)
Senior Project Coordinator