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The Northampton Public School Preschool Earns National NAEYC Accreditation

Posted on: May 9, 2011

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Northampton, MAThe Northampton Public School Preschool 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 thrilled to have earned NAEYC accreditation, and for the teachers and staff to be recognized for reaching the highest professional standards,” said Barbara Black, Early Childhood Coordinator of Northampton.  “NAEYC Accreditation lets families in our community know that children in our program are getting the best care and early learning experiences possible.” 

To earn NAEYC Accreditation, The NPS Preschool went through an extensive self-study process, measuring the program and its services against the 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 to ensure that the program meets each of the ten program standards.  NAEYC-accredited programs are also subject to unannounced visits during their accreditation, which lasts for five years.

In the 25 years since NAEYC Accreditation was established, it has become a widely recognized sign of high-quality early childhood education. Approximately 8 percent of all preschools and other early childhood programs are currently accredited by NAEYC.

“The NAEYC Accreditation system raises the bar for child care centers and other early childhood programs,” said Jerlean E. Daniel, Ph.D, executive director of NAEYC. “Having earned NAEYC Accreditation is a sign that The NPS Preschool is a leader in a national effort to invest in high-quality early childhood education.”

The NAEYC Accreditation system has set voluntary professional standards for programs for young children since 1985.  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.

For more information contact:

Barbara Black, Early Childhood Coordinator, The Northampton Public School Preschool

413-587-1471 or bblack@northampton-k12.us

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