Program recognized among the top in the nation by earning accreditation

For more information, contact:
Tamara Stephens
413-663-6593 ext. 26

For immediate release:
January 17, 2018

Norman Rockwell Early Childhood Center, of Child Care of the Berkshires Earns National NAEYC Accreditation

Program recognized among the top in the nation by earning accreditation

[Pittsfield, MA] – Norman Rockwell Early Childhood Center, of Child Care of the Berkshires,  located in Pittsfield, MA has earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)—the world’s largest organization working on behalf of young children.

 

NAEYC Accreditation is a rigorous and transformative quality-improvement system that uses a set of 10 research-based standards to collaborate with early education programs to recognize and drive quality-improvement in high-quality early learning environments. “It is an honor to have earned the mark of quality from NAEYC, and to be recognized for our commitment to reaching the highest professional standards.  The staff is to be commended for their hard work and dedication towards achieving this goal. The center’s new location on 88 South Street is much more accessible to the community and better suited for taking regular field trips to the nearby Berkshire Museum and Pittsfield Public Library.” said Tamara Stephens, CCB Program Manager of Child Care Services. The mission of Child Care of the Berkshires is to promote and strengthen families through the provision of high quality early education, child care services, and parent education and support, all to improve their well- being.  

To earn NAEYC Accreditation, Norman Rockwell Early Childhood Center went through an extensive self-study and quality-improvement process, followed by an on-site visit by NAEYC Assessors to verify and ensure that the program met each of the ten program standards, and hundreds of corresponding individual criteria. NAEYC-accredited programs are always prepared for unannounced quality-assurance visits during their accreditation term, which lasts for five years.

In the 30 years since NAEYC Accreditation was established, it has become a widely recognized sign of high-quality early childhood education. More than 7,000 programs are currently accredited by NAEYC—less than 10 percent of all child care centers, preschools, and kindergartens nationally achieve this recognition.

“NAEYC-Accredited programs bring our definitions of excellence for early childhood education to life each day,” said Kristen Johnson, senior director of Early Learning Program Accreditation at NAEYC. “Earning NAEYC Accreditation makes Norman Rockwell Early Childhood Center an exemplar of good practice for families and the entire community.”

For more information about NAEYC Accreditation, visit the NAEYC website.

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