Penn State Intercom......August 9, 2001

Child-care program
receives accreditation

The Child Development Laboratory (CDL), one of two early-childhood programs operated by the Department of Human Development and Family Studies, was recently re-accredited for three years by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The center is directed by Linda M. Duerr.

Child-care centers, preschools, kindergartens and before- and after-school programs are eligible to seek NAEYC accreditation. Of those, only 7,766 programs serving more than 696,000 children -- approximately 7 percent of all early childhood programs nationwide -- have achieved this recognition. Programs seeking accreditation undergo an intensive self-study and collect information from parents, teachers, administrators and classroom observations. They also undergo an on-site visit conducted by early childhood professionals trained by NAEYC to validate their self-study results. A team of national experts which grants or defers accreditation then reviews the information.

CDL, which was first accredited in 1995, was the first child-care program in Centre County to receive NAEYC accreditation. The program currently serves 56 children between the ages of 6 weeks and 6 years. Both programs operated by the Department of Human Development and Family Studies are accredited. CDL's sister program, the Bennett Family Center, received NAEYC accreditation in 1999.

The Children's Learning Center at Pennsylvania College of Technology also was granted re-accreditation recently by the same organization.

The Children's Learning Center received its initial NAEYC accreditation in 1998, but this was the first time that the toddler room, added in 1999, went through the accreditation process, noted Karen Woland Payne, the center's director.