Five perfect marks and three more above 90 percent highlight scores
The Board of Child Care’s Early Learning Program (ELP) has earned its first time accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) – the nation’s leading organization of early childhood professionals.
Conferred June 6, the NAEYC certificate is valid through July 1, 2021. To earn NAEYC accreditation, the Board of Child Care went through an extensive self-study process, measuring the program and its services against 10 NAEYC early childhood program standards and more than 400 related accreditation criteria.
Additionally, NAEYC assessors conducted an on-site visit. NAEYC-accredited programs are also subject to unannounced visits during their five-year accreditation.
“NAEYC is the gold standard and recognized nationally for quality early learning programs like ours,” said Cora Jackson, Assistant Program Director of the DC ELP. “It says that our program is a place where all children can learn, grow and thrive, because of our exciting and rich learning environments, nurturing, engaging, and knowledgeable teaching staff, and committed families.”
BCC earned outstanding scores within the 10 NAEYC program standards the ELP was judged and evaluated upon. NAEYC awarded BCC 100 percent marks in five categories, 96 percent or better in two other standards, giving BCC a mean score of 95.8!
“What these numbers tell me is we’re very successful at what we do and justifies why we have a waiting list to get into the program,” said Laurie Anne Spagnola, BCC’s President & CEO. “It also means we have some outstanding programming in place to enrich the children and families we serve, and that is most important.”
In the 25 years since NAEYC Accreditation was established, it has become a widely recognized sign of high-quality early childhood education. NAEYC validates 7,000 programs, or just approximately eight percent of all preschools and other early childhood programs.