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June 14, 2010

Child and Family Development Center Earns National Accreditation

Child and Family Development CenterCharleston County School District’s (CCSD's) Child and Family Development Center has earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)– the nation’s leading organization of early childhood professionals.

“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 Latetia Staggers, Interim Director of the Child and Family Development Center. “NAEYC Accreditation lets families in our community know that children in our program are getting the best care and early learning experiences possible.” 

The Child and Family Development Center (CFDC) is a comprehensive family literacy program that’s been in place for 13 years. CFDC serves families from the attendance zone of five surrounding elementary schools located in the highest poverty neighborhoods of the district: Burns, Chicora, Hursey, Mary Ford, and North Charleston elementary schools. The Center is a model of collaboration - partnering with Head Start and First Steps - to serve 68 children and their families. The center first received NAEYC accreditation in 2005 and now again in 2010.

Child and Family Development CenterTo earn NAEYC Accreditation, CCSD’s Child and Family Development Center went through an extensive Self-Study process, measuring the program and its services against the 10 NAEYC Early Childhood Program Standards and more than 400 related Accreditation Criteria.  The program received NAEYC Accreditation after a site visit by NAEYC Assessors to ensure that the program meets each of the ten program standards.  NAEYC-accredited programs are also subject to unannounced visits during their accreditation, which lasts for five years.

In the 23 years since NAEYC Accreditation was established, it has become a widely recognized sign of high-quality early childhood education.  Almost 8,000 programs, serving one million young children, are currently accredited by NAEYC– approximately 8 percent of all preschools and other early childhood programs. 

“The NAEYC Accreditation system raises the bar for preschools, child care centers and other early childhood programs,” said Mark Ginsberg, executive director of NAEYC.  "The Child and Family Development 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.”

Child and Family Development CenterThe NAEYC Accreditation system has set voluntary professional standards for programs for young children since 1985.  In September 2006, the Association revised program standards and criteria to introduce a new level of quality, accountability, and service for parents and children in child care programs.  The new standards today reflect the latest research and best practices in early childhood education and development.  NAEYC is committed to utilizing the newest studies and analysis on positive child outcomes to ensure young children continue receiving the highest-quality care and education possible.

The NAEYC Accreditation system was created 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 10 NAEYC Early Childhood Program Standards.  Programs are accredited by NAEYC for a five-year period.

Learn more about NAEYC.

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