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Monfort Early Childhood Education Center earns national accreditation under more rigorous standards

Submitted on: 10-24-2008

The Monfort Early Childhood Education Center at Aims Community College is one of the first early childhood programs to earn accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) – the nation’s leading organization of early childhood professionals. “I am so proud of our staff and teachers to have earned the mark of quality from NAEYC, and to be recognized for our commitment to reaching the highest professional standards,” said Linda Neigherbauer, director of the Monfort center. “NAEYC accreditation lets families in our community know that children in our program are getting the best care and early learning experiences possible. This accreditation is particularly important for our center, as we also train early childhood education students from Aims and from UNC.” To earn NAEYC Accreditation in the new system, the Aims childcare center went through an extensive self-study process, measuring the program and its services against the ten new 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 ten NAEYC program standards. NAEYC-accredited programs are also subject to unannounced visits during their accreditation, which lasts for five years. 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 8 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. “NAEYC accreditation is a sign that Aims Community College is a leader in a national effort to invest in high-quality early childhood education, and to help give all children a better start.”



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