Written by Michael Rouleau
Willimantic, Conn. - On June 24, The Child and Family Development Resource Center (CFDRC) at Eastern Connecticut State University achieved a new, five-year term of accreditation with the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The accreditation--recognized as "the mark of quality in early childhood education"--is valid from June 24, 2014 - Oct. 1, 2019.
"The administration, teaching staff and families of the CFDRC are all to be congratulated for continuing to uphold the mark of quality represented by the NAEYC accreditation," wrote the association in its congratulatory letter.
Among the tasks of becoming NAEYC-accredited, programs must score at least 80 percent on each of the association's 10 program standards. Scores are based on a site visit, which includes an observation of classroom sessions and an overall environmental assessment, as well as a review of the program's portfolios. The CFDRC scored 100 percent on every standard.
The 10 program standards evaluated include promoting positive relationships and personal health; utilizing relevant curriculum and effective teaching and assessment approaches; employing qualified and committed staff and management; interacting with families, communities and outside agencies; and providing indoor and outdoor environments that foster growth and development.
"The process for NAEYC preparation led to further reflection, team-building and opportunities for growth and development for our staff," said Niloufar Rezai, director of the CFDRC. "To surpass the expectations of NAEYC accreditation highlights our commitment to providing quality early learning experiences for children and their families, as well as fostering a model environment for future teachers to gain experiences."
The NAEYC is a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit focused on improving the well-being of young children, with particular emphasis on the quality of educational and developmental services for children from birth through age eight.