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NAEYC continues Child Development Center accreditation

Georgia Southern University’s Child Development Center recently received word from the National Academy for Early Childhood Program Accreditation (NAEYC) that its program accreditation has been continued and will be valid until Dec. 31, 2012.

‘This is one of the best Christmas presents I ever received,” said Alice Hall, director of the center and associate professor of child and family development. ‘The CDC staff worked diligently during the self-study and the yearlong program improvement process, and I am very proud of their hard work.”

This NAEYC accreditation comes under a new and improved accreditation system implemented in 2006. Under the new system, the accreditation team reviewed 417 criteria, compared to 102 criteria in the former system. Also, this was the first time the preschool and infant-toddler program were accredited as one unit and under one name, the Georgia Southern University Child Development Center.

The Child Development Center opened in 1972 has been accredited by NAEYC since 1993. It continues to maintain compliance with all programs and accreditation criteria, including filing an annual report, reporting all changes, and remaining prepared for an unannounced site visit. The program serves 68 children ranging in age from 6 week to 5 years from university and community families. The Center provides an enriching environment for young children and their parents and focuses on the physical, cognitive, social, emotional, and creative development of the child.

The classrooms are staffed with experienced teachers educated in the field of Child Development and/or Early Childhood Education. The University’s lab students also spend time in the classrooms, performing a variety of functions depending upon their level of expertise.

The Child Development Center is a unit within the Department of Hospitality, Tourism and Family and Consumer Sciences (formerly Family and Consumer Sciences) which is a component of the College of Health and Human Sciences at Georgia Southern University.

For more information about the center, go to http://www.georgiasouthernhealthscience.com/departments/htfcs/resources/centers_cdc_overview.html

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