For Miami Valley Today
PIQUA — Edison State Community College’s Child Development Center has once again been granted accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children. The NAEYC granted five-year approval to the center on April 24.
“We’re very proud to have earned the mark of quality from NAEYC and to be recognized for our commitment to reaching the highest professional standards,” said Holly Ovenshire, Child Development Center Director.
To obtain reaccreditation, the Edison State Child Development Center went through an extensive self-assessment process measuring the program and its services against the ten NAEYC Program Standards as well as hundreds of related Accreditation Criteria. The Center received NAEYC Accreditation after an on-site visit by NAEYC Assessors to ensure that it met each of the ten program standards.
“For the past year, the Edison Child Development Center staff and administration have worked diligently to compile evidence to show how the program meets the standards set forth by the NAEYC,” Overshire said.
The center met all 10 research-based Program Standards with high commendations. The standards include: relationships, curriculum, teaching, assessment, health, teachers, families, community relationships and leadership and management. Receiving such high commendations from the National Association speaks volumes about the education children are garnering from the Center.
Sustaining accreditation from the NAEYC is an ongoing process. During the five-year accreditation period, the center will be required to make annual reports documenting that they have maintained compliance with the program standards.
Edison State’s Child Development Center is a developmental program of care and education for children ages three to ten years. The program is open to the children of local communities as well as to children of Edison students, faculty and staff. The goal is to provide engaging and developmentally appropriate activities that promote the social, emotional, physical, cognitive and creative growth of children. The program observes staff/child ratios of one teacher for every eight children.
Since 1985, NAEYC has offered a national, voluntary accreditation system to set professional standards for early childhood education programs, and to help families identify high-quality programs. Today, NAEYC Accreditation represents the mark of quality in early childhood education. These programs provide high quality care and education to nearly one million young children in the United States, its territories, and programs affiliated with the United States Department of Defense.
In the 30 years since NAEYC Accreditation was established, it has become a widely recognized sign of high-quality early childhood education. More than 7,000 programs are currently accredited by NAEYC—less than 10 percent of all child care centers, preschools, and kindergartens nationally achieve this recognition.
“NAEYC-Accredited programs bring our definitions of excellence for early childhood education to life each day,” said Kristen Johnson, senior director of Early Learning Program Accreditation at NAEYC. “Earning NAEYC Accreditation makes Edison State’s Child Development Center an exemplar of good practice for families and the entire community.”