National Certification

  • 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
Seminole Trails Elementary School
South Olive Elementary School


Batavia City School District
Jackson Primary School
John Kennedy Intermediate School

Charter School for Applied Technologies

Chenango Forks Central School District
Chenango Forks Elementary School

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

Dansville Central School District
Dansville Primary School

East Rochester Central School District
East Rochester Elementary School

East Syracuse Minoa Central School District
Woodland Elementary School   

Greece Central School District
Autumn Lane Elementary School
English Village Elementary School
Holmes Road Elementary School
Longridge Elementary School
Pine Brook Elementary School
West Ridge Elementary School

Harpursville Central School District
W.A. Olmsted Elementary School

Lake Placid Central School District
Lake Placid Elementary School

Northern Adirondack Central School District
Northern Adirondack Elementary School

Nyack Public Schools
Valley Cottage Elementary School

Palmyra-Macedon Central School District
Palmyra-Macedon Primary School

Penn Yan Central School District
Penn Yan Elementary School

Rochester City School District
Clara Barton School No. 2
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

Westhill Central School District
Cherry Road School
Walberta Park Elementary School