Montgomery College’s Germantown and Takoma Park/Silver Spring Early Learning Centers Earn National Accreditation

Montgomery College’s Germantown and Takoma Park/Silver Spring Early Learning Centers have earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) – the nation’s leading organization of early childhood professionals. With this recent announcement, all three Montgomery College Campuses – Germantown, Takoma Park/Silver Spring, and Rockville – now hold this selective national honor.

“NAEYC accreditation lets families in our community know that children in our program are getting the best care and early learning experiences possible,” said Teresa DeLisi, child care services director at Montgomery College. “We are thrilled to have each campus-based program receive national accreditation to continue to support high-quality services for our families.”

Montgomery College offers child care services to support student families in reaching their academic goals. On each campus, an enriching program is offered for children ages 2 ½-5 years of age to develop a love of learning. Children enrolled in the program have opportunities to develop foundational skills needed for kindergarten readiness.

To earn NAEYC accreditation, all three campus Early Learning Centers went through an extensive self-study process, measuring the program and its services against the 10 NAEYC early childhood program standards and more than 400 related accreditation criteria. The program received NAEYC accreditation after an on-site visit by NAEYC assessors to ensure that the program meets each of the ten program standards. NAEYC-accredited programs are also subject to unannounced visits during their accreditation, which lasts for five years.

In the 25 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 – approximately eight percent of all preschools and other early childhood programs.

The NAEYC accreditation system has set voluntary professional standards for programs for young children since 1985. In September 2006, the association revised program standards and criteria to introduce a new level of quality, accountability, and service for parents and children in child care programs. The new standards today reflect the latest research and best practices in early childhood education and development. NAEYC is committed to utilizing the newest studies and analysis on positive child outcomes to ensure young children continue receiving the highest-quality care and education possible.

The NAEYC accreditation system was created to set professional standards for early childhood education, and to help families identify high-quality preschools, child care centers and other early education programs. To earn NAEYC accreditation, a program must meet each of the ten NAEYC early childhood program standards. Programs are accredited by NAEYC for a five-year period.

To learn more about the Early Learning Centers at Montgomery College, click here.

For more information about NAEYC accreditation, visit www.naeyc.org/academy.

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