Rockford Public Schools Childcare earns national accreditation

FOREVER FUN—Kaleigh Olsen and Jackson Southwick blowing bubbles.

FOREVER FUN—Kaleigh Olsen and Jackson Southwick blowing bubbles.

Program among the top in the nation by earning NAEYC accreditation

FOREVER FUN-Kaleigh Olsen and Jackson Southwick blowing bubbles.

ARTIST AT WORK-Trent Behrenwald  completing his 3-D creation.

Rockford Public Schools Childcare has earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) – the nation’s leading organization of early childhood professionals.

“We’re proud to have earned the mark of quality from NAEYC, and to be recognized for our commitment to reaching the highest professional standards,” said Mary Blakeslee, program director. “NAEYC accreditation lets families in our community know that children in our program are getting the best care and early learning experiences possible.” 

To earn NAEYC accreditation, the childcare went through an extensive self-study process, measuring the program and its services against the ten 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 the program meets each of the ten program standards. NAEYC-accredited programs are also subject to unannounced visits during their accreditation, 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. “The school’s childcare  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 childcare 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.

The NAEYC accreditation system was created to set professional standards for early childhood education, and to help families identify high-quality preschools, childcare centers and other early education programs. Programs are accredited by NAEYC for a five-year period.

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