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June 11, 2010
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:
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."
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