News From Terre Haute, Indiana

September 6, 2012

Indiana State University Early Childhood Education Center earns national accreditation


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TERRE HAUTE — The Indiana State University Early Childhood Education Center has earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children — 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 Gail Gottschling, center director. “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 center went through an extensive self-study process, measuring the program and its services against the 10 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 10 program standards, receiving 100 percent ratings in nearly all of the standards.

In the 25 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 — approximately 8 percent of all preschools and other early childhood programs. The center’s director indicated that the center is proud to have been one of the first programs in the country to achieve national accreditation, and to have maintained this status for nearly 25 years.

“The NAEYC accreditation system raises the bar for child care centers and other early childhood programs,” said Jerlean Daniel, executive director of NAEYC. “Having earned NAEYC accreditation is a sign that the ISU center 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 using the newest studies and analysis on positive child outcomes to ensure young children continue receiving the highest-quality care and education possible.

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.  Programs are accredited by NAEYC for a five-year period.

The center provides care and education to children ages 6 weeks to 6 years, and also serves as a training site for ISU students.

More information about the ISU Early Childhood Education Center can be found at www.indstate.edu/ecec or by calling 812-237-2547.