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KSC Child Development Center Earns National Accreditation

Keene State College’s Child Development Center (CDC) has earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) — the nation’s leading organization of early childhood professionals. The CDC’s program is among the first in the nation to complete NAEYC’s more rigorous accreditation process.

“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 Ellen Ellsberg Edge, CDC director. “NAEYC accreditation lets families in our community know that children in our program are getting the best care and best early-learning experiences possible.”

To earn NAEYC accreditation in the new system, the CDC went through an extensive self-study process, measuring the program and its services against the ten new 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. For more information on NAEYC accreditation, visit their website.

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