Child Development Center Earns Reaccreditation

Posted: May 30, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Patty Snellings

The Child Development Center at the Fairfax Campus recently was granted reaccreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The center is among five percent of early childhood programs nationwide–about 4,600 programs–to achieve this prestigious recognition.

“We are pleased to be recognized by NAEYC for the quality program we provide to children of faculty, staff, and students at George Mason,” says George Farrell, center director. “We were originally accredited in 1993 (a year after the center opened) and reaccredited in 1997. Staff members are to be commended for their hard work in completing the accreditation process for the third time.”

NAEYC accreditation is a rigorous, voluntary process that requires early childhood programs to demonstrate consistency in meeting national standards of excellence. Programs engaged in this process undergo an intensive self-study, collecting information from parents, teachers, administrators, and classroom observations, and an on-site visit conducted by early childhood professionals who are specially trained by NAEYC to validate the results. A team of national experts reviews the results and decides to grant or defer accreditation, which is valid for three years.

Currently, 65 children between the ages of two and five participate in full- and part-time programs, and a summer camp is offered each year that accommodates children aged six through nine. For more information about the center, call x33750.

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