“The NAEYC accreditation process was a lot of hard work that took endless hours and a year to prepare all of the requirements that were needed to validate our quality early childhood program,” said CDC Coordinator Stacy Jo Signaigo. “I want to thank all of my wonderful teachers who trusted in the process and in me to go on this journey to prove that we are doing the best we can to develop rich experiences, engaging classrooms, and relationships with parents and families for young children in our community.”
To earn NAEYC Accreditation, the CDC went through an extensive self-study process, measuring the program and its services against the ten 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 program standards. NAEYC-accredited programs are also subject to unannounced visits during their accreditation, which lasts for five years.
In the 25 years since NAEYC Accreditation was established, it has become a widely recognized sign of high-quality early childhood education. Nearly 7,000 programs are currently accredited by NAEYC – approximately 8 percent of all preschools and other early childhood programs. In Texas, there are 290 centers that are accredited by NAEYC. Of those, only 32 centers are located in Travis County with one of them being Manor ISD’s CDC!
The CDC serves the children of Manor ISD’s employees and parenting students, ages birth to five years. Founded in 2004 serving less than 30 children, the CDC has grown tremendously throughout the years and is expected to add two additional classrooms this year allowing enrollment to reach 90 children in the fall of 2015. The facility also plans to open a new infant playground.
“It’s a lengthy and rigorous process to achieve NAEYC Accreditation, and the CDC should be commended for seeking high standards,” said Rhian Evans Allvin, executive director of NAEYC. “Caring for children is not ‘rocket science’ – it’s brain science. Studies prove that the brain connections made in the first few years of life set a child’s path for success in school and in life. That’s why quality educators are so crucial. For parents and caregivers of young children who are searching for a high-quality early learning experience, the CDC’s NAEYC Accreditation is a sign that it offers a high-quality education in a nurturing and stimulating environment.”
Manor ISD congratulates the CDC for its pursuit of accreditation and its unwavering dedication to the District’s early childhood learners! For more information about NAEYC Accreditation, visit www.naeyc.org/academy. For more information about the Manor ISD CDC, visit www.ManorISD.net/CDC.
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