PSC Children’s Learning Center earns accreditation
January 31, 2013 9:14AM
Updated: March 4, 2013 6:13AM
The Prairie State College Children’s Learning Center recently earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children. The accreditation places the program among the top in the nation.
The Children’s Learning Center provides childcare for children ages 2 to 12. Full- and regularly scheduled part-time care are offered to accommodate the scheduling needs of students, faculty, staff and the community, school officials said.
“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 Greg Thomas, vice president of student affairs. “NAEYC accreditation lets families in our community know that children in our program are getting the best care and early learning experiences possible.”
The CLC is housed in an 11,426-square-foot facility at the northwest corner of PSC’s Chicago Heights campus. The building has four children’s classrooms, a college classroom, a multipurpose room, a secured outdoor playground, a kitchen and laundry facilities.
To earn NAEYC accreditation, the CLC 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 an on-site visit by NAEYC assessors to ensure that the program meets each of the 10 program standards. NAEYC-accredited programs also are subject to unannounced visits during their accreditation, which lasts for five years.
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