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Small World Earns National NAEYC Accreditation

Wabash Valley College’s Small World Child Development Center has earned accreditation from 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.  “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 Carla Cadwalader, Director.

“Small World staff, parents, and the entire WVC community worked to achieve this prestigious accreditation.  Our Center is currently licensed to serve 128 children ages 6 weeks to 11 years of age.  We offer a quality, well-planned educational program that is dedicated to preparing children for future educational settings and the challenges of life.  NAEYC accreditation assures informed parents that our program meets and exceeds the highest standards of early childhood education.  This commitment to excellence will also ensure additional employment opportunities for the college-level students training in this lab environment.  Our staff will now have access to support and resources available only to members of NAEYC.  I am proud of the staff of Small World for the dedication to excellence in education of young children.  We will continue to provide our community with the latest in research-based curriculums and teaching techniques, working to ensure the success of each child and student that we serve.”

To earn NAEYC Accreditation, Small World 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.  “Earning NAEYC Accreditation makes Small World an exemplar of good practice for families and the entire community.”


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