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The Children’s Learning Center (CLC) at Onondaga Community College has earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) – the nation’s leading organization of early childhood professionals.
“We’re proud to have earned the mark of quality from NAEYC, and to be recognized for our commitment to reaching the highest professional standards,” said Michele Ferguson, director of the CLC. “NAEYC accreditation lets families in our community know that children in our program are getting the best care and early learning experiences possible.”
The CLC provides high quality, affordable and accessible child care to the children of Onondaga college students and employees. The CLC further serves as an exemplary student teaching training site for students enrolled in the College’s Teacher Education curriculum.
To earn NAEYC Accreditation, the CLC 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 a site visit by NAEYC Assessors to ensure that the program meets each of the ten program standards.
The CLC first earned accreditation in 1999 and has successfully completed the re-accreditation process at the end of each five year term.
In the 23 years since NAEYC Accreditation was established, it has become a widely recognized sign of high-quality early childhood education. Almost 8,000 programs, serving one million young children, are currently accredited by NAEYC – approximately 8 percent of all preschools and other early childhood programs. “The NAEYC Accreditation system raises the bar for preschools, child care centers and other early childhood programs,” said Mark Ginsberg, Ph.D., executive director of NAEYC. “The Children’s Learning Center’s NAEYC Accreditation is a sign that they are a leader in a national effort to invest in high-quality early childhood education, and to help give all children a better start.”