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Horace Mann classroom

Horace Mann Laboratory School and Early Care and Education Laboratory Center provides a diverse and interactive learning environment for children ages 3 through sixth grades. The center has been accredited for five more years by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. (Photo by Darren Whitely/University Relations)

June 11, 2010

Horace Mann granted NAEYC accreditation for 5 more years

MARYVILLE, Mo. - The Horace Mann Early Care and Education Laboratory Center at Northwest Missouri State has achieved accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

"NAEYC is considered the gold standard for early childhood programs, so it really is a star in our crown," Horace Mann Director RoAnne Solheim said.

To receive NAEYC accreditation, a program must meet all required criteria, meet at least 80 percent of assessed criteria for each program standard, meet at least 70 percent of assessed criteria for each classroom and group observed, and continue to meet candidacy requirements or be subject to further verification.

The accreditation process includes a site visit by an NAEYC assessor to ensure the program meets each of 10 early childhood program standards. NAEYC-accredited programs also are subject to unannounced visits during their accreditation. Programs are accredited for a five- year period.

Among the highlights in the NAEYC's report about Horace Mann:

  • NAEYC granted commendations to the ECELC for all 10 program standards: relationships, curriculum, teaching, assessment, health, teachers, families, community relationships, physical environment, and leadership and management. On eight of the 10 standards, Horace Mann scored 100 percent ratings. NAEYC assigned 100+ percent ratings on four areas - assessment, teachers, families, and community relationships - because Horace Mann is meeting emergent criteria that's not yet required.
  • On teaching, the NAEYC commended Horace Mann for "using developmentally, culturally, and linguistically appropriate and effective teaching approaches that enhance each child's learning and development in the context of the program's curriculum goals."
  • On families, the NAEYC commended Horace Mann for its "high level of compliance with this component. Recognizing the importance of a reciprocal relationship between families and programs is essential to ensure that programs are meeting the needs of the children and families that the program serves."
  • The NAEYC assigned a 95 percent rating to Horace Mann in the physical environment category. While commending Horace Mann for creating an environment indoors and outdoors that fosters growth and development, the report cited building and physical design as an area for improvement.
  • On curriculum, the NAEYC gave Horace Mann an 86 percent rating on curriculum. The report recognized Horace Mann's curriculum promotes learning and development in social, emotional, physical, language and cognitive areas. The report cited early literacy, creative expression and appreciation for the arts, and social studies as areas of improvement within the curriculum content area for cognitive development.

Horace Mann prepared for the accreditation process by completing a year-long self study, during which staff reviewed every area of the center's programs, including strengths and growth areas.

Solheim said she is most proud of the NAEYC's high marks for Horace Mann's teachers and its relationships with families and the community.

"We have excellent teachers who really work on developing the whole child and meeting individual needs," Solheim said. "Our relations and the teaching are things we're very proud of."

In the 23 years since NAEYC accreditation was established, it has become a widely-recognized sign of high-quality early childhood education. Almost 8,000 programs, serving one million young children, are accredited by NAEYC - about 8 percent of all preschools and other early childhood programs.

"The NAEYC Accreditation system raises the bar for preschools, child care centers and other early childhood programs," said NAEYC Executive Director Dr. Mark Ginsberg. "Horace Mann'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."

For more information about Horace Mann, click here.

For more information about NAEYC, click here.

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Media Relations Specialist | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

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