Press Release for Monday, October 4, 2004

UNF Child Development Center Re-accredited

Contact Sharon Ashton
Department of Media Relations and Events
(904) 620-2115

JACKSONVILLE -- The Child Development Research Center at the University of North Florida has been re-accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the nation’s leading organization of early childhood professionals.

“We’re very proud to be accredited by NAEYC and recognized for our commitment to reaching the highest professional standards,” said Pam Bell, director of CDRC. “NAEYC accreditation lets families in our community know that children in our program are getting the best care and early learning experiences.”

CDRC’s mission is to provide the highest quality of child care and development in the nation to a diverse University student population and the surrounding community. This includes a warm environment that encourages self-worth, self-awareness, care of others and respect. Four classes are divided into age groups for children from ages 2 and one-half to 10. After their time at the center, the children are healthy, happy and educated.

The program serves more than 100 children. The school environment is diverse since it services children of UNF students and faculty, and members of the Jacksonville community.

NAEYC accreditation is a rigorous, voluntary process by which early childhood programs demonstrate that they meet national standards of excellence. Programs seeking accreditation undergo an intensive self-study, collecting information from parents, teachers, administrators and classroom observations. They receive an on-site visit, conducted by early childhood professionals trained by NAEYC, to validate their self-study results. All of this information is independently reviewed by a team of national experts who grant or defer accreditation. When awarded, accreditation is valid for a five-year period.

The CDRC has been successfully accredited since 1998 with NAEYC, the nation’s oldest and largest organization of early childhood professionals dedicated to improving the quality of early childhood education. More the 8,000 early childhood programs, serving nearly 75,000 children, are accredited by NAEYC.

“In recent years, we’ve seen a growing number of child care and preschool programs earning NAEYC accreditation,” said Mark Ginsberg, executive director of NAEYC. “By earning accreditation, the UNF Child Development Research Center has become a leader in a national effort to raise the quality of early childhood education and to help give all children a better start.”

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