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July 1, 2009


Peggy Cartwright
Director of Marketing and Public Relations

Birgit Monks
Director, Child Development Center

For Immediate Release

Program Among Top in the Nation by Earning NAEYC Accreditation

(Rancho Cucamonga, CA) - The Chaffey College Child Development Center, located on the college's Rancho Cucamonga campus, has earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) - the nation's leading organization of early childhood professionals. "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 Birgit Monks, Director of the Child Development Center. "NAEYC Accreditation lets families in our community know that children in our program are getting the best care and early learning experiences possible."

The Chaffey College Child Development Center has been providing a quality educational experience to the children of Chaffey College students, faculty and staff as well as community members since 1987 while supporting parents in their educational and vocational goals. The center currently accepts children age 18 months to 5 years in its toddler and preschool programs. Both programs are housed in the Child Development complex on the college's Rancho Cucamonga campus and are staffed by Chaffey College Child Development students and teachers with a high level of parent participation. "Having a program such as this on our campus allows students wishing to pursue a career in early childhood education, a hands-on experience," Monks added.

To earn NAEYC Accreditation, Chaffey College Child Development Center 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 a 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 23 years since NAEYC Accreditation was established, it has become a widely recognized sign of high-quality early childhood education. Almost 8,000 programs, serving one million young children, are currently accredited by NAEYC - approximately 8 percent of all preschools and other early childhood programs. "The NAEYC Accreditation system raises the bar for preschools, child care centers and other early childhood programs," said Mark Ginsberg, Ph.D., executive director of NAEYC. "Chaffey College Child Development Center's NAEYC Accreditation is a sign that they are a leader in a national effort to invest in high-quality early childhood education, and to help give all children a better start."

The NAEYC Accreditation system has set voluntary professional standards for programs for young children since 1985. In September 2006, the Association revised program standards and criteria to introduce a new level of quality, accountability, and service for parents and children in child care programs. The new standards today reflect the latest research and best practices in early childhood education and development. NAEYC is committed to utilizing the newest studies and analysis on positive child outcomes to ensure young children continue receiving the highest-quality care and education possible. The NAEYC Accreditation system was created to set professional standards for early childhood education, and to help families identify high-quality preschools, child care centers and other early education programs. To earn NAEYC Accreditation, a program must meet each of the 10 NAEYC Early Childhood Program Standards. Programs are accredited by NAEYC for a five year period.

For more information on the Chaffey College Child Development Center, please call 909/652-6875.

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