Clarence EduKids Earns NAEYC Accreditation
Posted September 1, 2009on:
Program Among the Top in the Nation by Earning This Distinction
Clarence, NY – Edukids Early Childhood Education Centers is pleased to announce that its Clarence location has earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) – the nation’s leading organization of early childhood professionals.
“We are very proud to be the only NAEYC-accredited childcare center in the Clarence area and to be recognized for our commitment to reaching the highest professional standards,” said Nancy Ware, owner and founder of EduKids. “Earning this mark of quality from NAEYC lets families in our community know that the children in our program are receiving the best care and early learning experiences possible.”
To earn NAEYC accreditation, Clarence EduKids went through an extensive self-study process, measuring the program and its services against the 10 NAEYC Early Childhood Program Standards and more than 400 related accreditation criteria. The program received NAEYC accreditation after a site visit by NAEYC assessors to ensure that the program meets each of the ten program standards. NAEYC-accredited programs are also subject to unannounced visits during their accreditation period, which lasts for five years.
In the 23 years since NAEYC accreditation was established, it has become a widely recognized sign of high-quality early childhood education. Almost 8,000 programs, serving one million young children, are currently accredited by NAEYC – approximately eight percent of all preschools and other early childhood programs. “The NAEYC accreditation system raises the bar for preschools, childcare centers and other early childhood programs,” said Mark Ginsberg, Ph.D., executive director of NAEYC. “EduKids‘ NAEYC accreditation is a sign that they are a leader in a national effort to invest in high-quality early childhood education, and to help give all children a better start.”
The NAEYC accreditation system has set voluntary professional standards for programs for young children since 1985. In September 2006, the Association revised program standards and criteria to introduce a new level of quality, accountability, and service for parents and children in child care programs. The new standards today reflect the latest research and best practices in early childhood education and development. NAEYC is committed to utilizing the newest studies and analysis on positive child outcomes to ensure young children continue receiving the highest quality care and education possible.