For Immediate Release
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Wilkes-Barre, PA – King’s College Early Learning Center managed by Hildebrandt Learning Centerlocatedon the on the campus of King’s College 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 Stefanie Camoni, Center Director/Administrator. “NAEYC Accreditation lets families in our community know that children in our program are getting the best care and early learning experiences possible.” The center is open to community families and has a limited number of enrollment spaces available. The center is licensed for 140 children and offers programs for children from infant through preschool. The center is open from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday throughout the year.
To earn NAEYC Accreditation, the King’s College Early Learning Centerwent 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. More than 8,000 programs are currently accredited by NAEYC – approximately 8 percent of all preschools and other early childhood programs.
“The NAEYC Accreditation system raises the bar for child care centers and other early childhood programs,” said Jerlean E. Daniel, Ph.D, executive director of NAEYC. “Having earned NAEYC Accreditation is a sign that the King’s College Early Learning Center is a leader in a national effort to invest in high-quality early childhood education.”
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 ten NAEYC Early Childhood Program Standards. Programs are accredited by NAEYC for a five-year period.
Hildebrandt Learning Centers, LLC, is based in Dallas Pennsylvania and manages early learning centers and school based before and after school age programs for organizations in the middle-Atlantic region of the United States. The company presently manages 41 locations and employs 900 early learning professionals. The company is listed as the eighteenth largest child care provider in the United States by Exchange magazine. Thirty (30) of Hildebrandt centers have achieved the pinnacle in the early learning field, accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). In addition twenty-eight (28) HLC centers have been rated STAR FOUR by the Keystone Stars Program.
For more information about NAEYC Accreditation, visit www.naeyc.org/academy.
For more information about Hildebrandt Learning Centers, visit www.hildebrandtlc.com.
Stefanie Camoni, Center Director/Administrator
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