Early Childhood Education Center earns national accreditation

November 8 2007

TERRE HAUTE - Indiana State University’s Early Childhood Education Center is one of the first early childhood programs to earn accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) - the nation’s leading organization of early childhood professionals.

“ECEC’s licensed and accredited programs make a substantial contribution to our community and strengthens our pre-service teacher preparation programs,” said Brad Balch, College of Education dean. “NAEYC accreditation validates the exemplar and developmentally appropriate programming we deliver; programming that affords our pre-service teachers many rich opportunities to experience authentic PK-12 conditions of practice.”

The center is affiliated with the ISU College of Education, and provides care and education for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years in both full day and part day preschool programs. The full-day program is located in University Apartments at 200 Farrington St., while the shorter-day, preschool program is currently located in Franklin Elementary School.

“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,” Gail Gottschling, center director. “NAEYC Accreditation lets families in our community know that children in our program are getting the best care and early learning experiences possible.”

The center was previously accredited under the NAEYC’s former system. To earn NAEYC accreditation in the new system, the Early Childhood Education Center went through an extensive self-study process, measuring the program and its services against the ten new NAEYC Early Childhood Program Standards and more than 400 related accreditation criteria. The program received NAEYC accreditation after an on-site visit by NAEYC Assessors to ensure that the program meets each of the ten NAEYC program standards. NAEYC-accredited programs are also subject to unannounced visits during their accreditation, which lasts for five years.

“The new 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 ISU Early Childhood Education 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.”

The NAEYC accreditation system was created in 1985 to set professional standards for early childhood education, and to help families identify high-quality preschools, child care centers and other early education programs. To earn NAEYC accreditation, a program must meet each of the ten NAEYC Early Childhood Program Standards.

For more information about the Early Childhood Education Center’s programs, or to schedule a tour, contact the center at 237-2547, or take a look at the website at www.indstate.edu/ecec

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CONTACT: Gail Gottschling, ISU Early Childhood Education Center director, at (812) 237-2547 or ggottschlin@isugw.indstate.edu

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Indiana State University's Early Childhood Education Center is one of the first early childhood programs to earn accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) - the nation's leading organization of early childhood professionals.

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