Monday, January 27, 2014

NAEYC Grants Edison’s Child Development Center Accreditation

Sofia (left) and Kaleah make apple pies in the dramatic
play center of Edison’s highly acclaimed Child Development Center.
In keeping with its tradition of excellence, Edison Community College’s Child Development Center has once again been granted accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The Academy granted five-year approval to the Center on January 7, 2014, based upon ten program standards.

Not only did the Center meet all ten program standards, it received commendations of 100% or more for nine out of the ten categories including, relationships, curriculum, teaching, assessment, health, teachers, families, community relationships, and leadership and management. Receiving such high commendations from the National Association speaks volumes about the education children are garnering from the Center.

“We were extremely pleased to learn that the program received such high commendations for nine of the ten standards,” added Gerlach. “We would like to thank the Edison community and the Child Development Center families for their continued support during this accreditation renewal process.”

To obtain reaccreditation, Edison’s Child Development Center went through an extensive self-assessment process measuring the program and its services against the ten NAEYC Program Standards as well as hundreds of related Accreditation Criteria. The Center received NAEYC Accreditation after an on-site visit by NAEYC Assessors to ensure that it met each of the ten program standards.

“For the past year, the Edison Child Development Center staff and administration have worked diligently to compile evidence to show how the program meets the standards set forth by the NAEYC,” said Kelli Gerlach, Child Development Center Director.

Sustaining accreditation from the NAEYC is an ongoing process. During the five-year accreditation period, the Center will be required to make annual reports documenting that they maintain compliance with the program standards.

Edison’s Child Development Center is a developmental program of care and education for children ages three to ten years. The program is open to the children of local communities as well as to children of Edison students, faculty and staff. The goal is to provide engaging and developmentally appropriate activities that promote the social, emotional, physical, cognitive and creative growth of children. The program observes staff/child ratios of one teacher for every eight children.

Since 1985, NAEYC has offered a national, voluntary accreditation system to set professional standards for early childhood education programs, and to help families identify high-quality programs. Today, NAEYC Accreditation represents the mark of quality in early childhood education. These programs provide high quality care and education to nearly one million young children in the United States, its territories, and programs affiliated with the United States Department of Defense.

For more information about Edison’s Child Development Center or its NAEYC accreditation visit

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