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Child care center earns national accreditation

The Illinois State University (ISU) Child Care Center 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 Carrie Carlson, director of the ISU Child Care Center. “NAEYC Accreditation lets families in our community know that children in our high-quality program have teachers who create engaging classrooms, enhance relationships with their parents and families, and develop rich experiences for their students.”

The Illinois State University Child Care Center provides high quality, developmental childcare services in a safe, nurturing, and diverse learning environment for children of Illinois State students, faculty, and staff. The center serves as a working illustration of early childhood best practices by collaborating with families, the University, and community, all while utilizing the best current research and practice within the early childhood profession.

To earn NAEYC Accreditation, the ISU Child Care Center 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 an on-site visit by NAEYC assessors to ensure that the program meets each of the 10 program standards. NAEYC-accredited programs are also subject to unannounced visits during their accreditation, which lasts for five years.

“It’s a lengthy and rigorous process to achieve NAEYC Accreditation, and the ISU Child Care Center should be commended for seeking high standards,” said Rhian Evans Allvin, executive director of NAEYC. “For parents and caregivers of young children who are searching for a high-quality early learning experience, the ISU Child Care Center’s NAEYC Accreditation is a sign that it offers a high-quality education in a nurturing and stimulating environment.”

For more information about NAEYC Accreditation, visit www.naeyc.org/academy.

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