By Shaunna Cullen
YWCA New Britain has been re-accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)—the world's largest organization working on behalf of young children.
NAEYC Accreditation is a rigorous and transformative quality-improvement system that uses a set of 10 research-based standards to collaborate with early education programs to recognize and drive quality-improvement in high-quality early learning environments. YWCA New Britain has maintained NAEYAC accreditation since 2000. Every 5 years a re-evaluation is done to ensure the 10 standards set by NAEYC are being met.
“We are very proud to have demonstrated consistent quality in providing a safe, nurturing and healthy environment for past, present and future children to grow and learn here at YWCA New Britain Childcare. To be recognized for our commitment, in offering to our community high-quality early educational experiences, and professional standards, is an honor and no small feat. We also want to recognize the contribution, expertise and commitment of the teachers, maintenance staff, families, community partnerships, consultants, and administration of YWCA New Britain, who all played a role in our program earning the mark of quality from NAEYC and for that we thank you!” said Michele Eathorne and Shermane Fletcher, co-directors of childcare at YWCA New Britain.
To earn NAEYC Accreditation again, YWCA New Britain went through an extensive self-study and quality-improvement process, followed by an on-site visit by NAEYC assessors to verify and ensure that the program met each of the ten program standards, and hundreds of corresponding individual criteria. NAEYC-accredited programs are always prepared for unannounced quality-assurance visits during their accreditation term, which lasts for five years.
In the 30 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—less than 10 percent of all child care centers, preschools, and kindergartens nationally achieve this recognition.
“NAEYC-Accredited programs bring our definitions of excellence for early childhood education to life each day,” said Kristen Johnson, senior director of Early Learning Program Accreditation at NAEYC. “[Maintaining] NAEYC Accreditation makes YWCA New Britain an exemplar of good practice for families and the entire community.”
For more information about NAEYC Accreditation, visit the NAEYC website.