News Release

Published on Monday, October 20, 2008

The Parent Child Center at Western Technical College is one of the first early childhood programs to earn accreditation under the new criteria of 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 Kim Herman, director of the Parent Child Center. “NAEYC Accreditation lets families in our community know that children in our program are getting the best care and early learning experiences possible.”

Open to the public as well as to Western’s staff and students, the Parent Child Center has been an accredited center since 1988.

To earn NAEYC Accreditation in the new system, the Parent Child Center went through an extensive self-study process, measuring the program and its services against the 10 new NAEYC early childhood program standards in addition to more than 400 related accreditation criteria. The program also had an on-site visit by NAEYC assessors to ensure that the program meets the standards, and it is subject to unannounced visits during the five-year accreditation period.

In the 20 years since NAEYC Accreditation was established, it has become a widely recognized sign of high-quality early childhood education. More than 11,000 programs, serving one million young children, are currently accredited by NAEYC – approximately eight percent of all preschools and other early childhood programs.

“The new NAEYC Accreditation system raises the bar for preschools, child care centers and other early childhood programs,” said Mark Ginsberg, Ph.D., executive director of NAEYC. “The Parent Child Center’s 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. As of September 2006, the Association’s revised program standards and criteria have introduced a new level of quality, accountability, and service for parents and children in child care programs. The new standards 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.

For details on NAEYC Accreditation, visit naeyc.org. For more information on Western Technical College programs and services, visit westerntc.edu or call 608.785.9200.