Patton College Dean Renee Middleton and CDC Director Cathy Waller celebrate the news of the accreditation
Photographer: Aaron Dillon
Cathy Waller and staff celebrate the announcement of the NAEYC accreditation
Photographer: Aaron Dillon
Apr 6, 2011
By Brooke Bunce
The Ohio University Child Development Center (CDC) recently acquired accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
The CDC, which opened in September 1972, serves as one of the few facilities in the area that serves children ages six weeks to five years old. Of the 5,000 early childhood programs in Ohio, only 200 are NAEYC accredited. Across the United States and overseas, only 9,000 programs are NAEYC accredited.
Cathy Waller, director of the CDC, explained that the process to receive accreditation was very extensive, requiring reports in numerous areas of the center. These included staff credentials, quality of curriculum, relationships with families, interactions with the community, nutrition, health and safety, administration and physical environment.
"It is an acknowledgment of the quality of the services we provide," Waller said. "To be an accreditation center you're choosing to go above and beyond."
To qualify for NAEYC accreditation, programs must file annual performance reports as well as individual classroom portfolios. Every five years, accreditation is assessed.
The CDC had been preparing their reports to receive accreditation for two and a half years, according to Waller.
"The process has become more rigorous, more time consuming and more in-depth recently," she said. "It was a lot of work on everyone's part."
As part of The Gladys W. and David H. Patton College of Education and Human Services, the CDC trains early childhood education students at Ohio University. Renee Middleton, dean of the Patton College, spoke about the accreditation and its positive influence on these students' career preparation.
"We understand high quality has multiple benefits that reach to the future," Middleton said. "Early childhood education students are being trained by early childhood professionals who have the educational qualifications, knowledge and professional commitment necessary to promote children's learning and development and to support families' diverse interests and needs."
Middleton said quality early childhood education is one proven way to prepare children for success in school and in life.
"For our Bobcat family in The Patton College of Education and Human Services, diligence and vigilance in maintaining our NAEYC standards are essential as we continue offering quality early care and education for our youngest Bobcats," Middleton added.