The Albany State University Early Learning Center located in Albany, Ga. has earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) â" the nation's leading organization of early childhood professionals. The center will host an NAEYC Accreditation breakfast on Monday, Sept. 17 at 8:30 a.m. in the Student Center Ballroom located on the campus. Congressman Sanford Bishop, Mayor Dorothy Hubbard, Senator Freddie Powell Sims, and other honorable guests are expected to attend.
"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 Jeanette Lucas, director of the ASU Learning Center. "NAEYC Accreditation lets families in our community know that children in our program are getting the best care and early learning experiences possible. Our focus at the ASU-Early Learning Center is to develop the total child."
To earn NAEYC accreditation, the Early Learning Center passed an extensive self-study evaluation that measured the program and its services against ten 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. NAEYC-accredited programs are also subject to unannounced visits during the accreditation period which lasts for five years.
Since NAEYC accreditation was established 25 years ago, it has become a widely recognized sign of high-quality early childhood education. More than 7,000 programs are currently accredited by organization â" approximately 8 percent of all preschools and other early childhood programs.
"The NAEYC accreditation system raises the bar for child care centers and other early childhood programs," said Dr. Jerlean E. Daniel, executive director of NAEYC. "Having earned NAEYC accreditation is a sign that the ASU Early Learning Center is a leader in a national effort to invest in high-quality early childhood education."The NAEYC Accreditation system was created to set professional standards for early childhood education, and to help families identify high-quality preschools, child care centers and other early education programs. 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 child care 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. For more information about NAEYC Accreditation, visit www.naeyc.org/academy or contact the ASU Office of University Communications at (229) 430-4671.