The Center for Young Children and Families at Plymouth State College, under the direction of Associate Professor Gerard Buteau, has been granted re-accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the nation’s oldest and largest organization of professionals in the field of early childhood education.
Such recognition has been achieved by only seven percent of early childhood programs nationwide. The PSC Center for Young Children and Families serves 80 children in four programs: toddler, early preschool, preschool and kindergarten.
“We are delighted to have achieved this national recognition for the third time,” says Karen Sanders, current director of the center. “It is important for us to maintain a high-quality program not only for the children and their families, but for the many PSC early childhood studies majors who do their practice teaching at the Center.”
Programs seeking accreditation undergo an intensive self-study, collecting information from parents, teachers, administrators and performing classroom observations.
“The heart of the NAEYC accreditation focuses on the child’s experience,” said Sanders, who is a lecturer in the Education Department at Plymouth State. “The process carefully considers all aspects of the program, including health and safety, staff qualifications, staff-to-child ratios, administration, relationships with parents, and the physical environment. But the greatest emphasis is on the children’s relationships with the staff and how the program helps each child to grow and learn – intellectually, physically, socially and emotionally.
Our re-accreditation is due in large part to the wonderful and dedicated staff at the Center, all of whom are committed to providing high-quality care and early education for the children.”