Program earns national NAEYC accreditation
SPRINGFIELD—The Lincoln Land Community College Child Development Center, located on the LLCC-Springfield campus, has earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the world’s largest organization working on behalf of young children. The accreditation is the gold standard for early childhood programs across the country.
Less than 10 percent of all child care centers, preschools and kindergartens nationally achieve this recognition. NAEYC accreditation is a rigorous process that uses a set of 10 research-based standards. In the 30 years since the accreditation was established, it has become a recognized sign of high-quality early childhood education.
LLCC has long held the NAEYC accreditation, having first earned it in 1987. The LLCC Child Development Center serves families of students, as well as families within the larger community. It offers full-time or part-time care of children from 15 months to kindergarten entry.
“Achieving NAEYC accreditation really demonstrates the commitment of our staff to meeting the needs of the children and families that we serve and validates our desire to provide a model of best practice in early childhood education for our community,” says Laurie Rhodes, director of the LLCC Child Development Center.
To earn NAEYC accreditation, the LLCC Child Development Center went through an extensive self-study and assessment process, followed by an on-site visit by NAEYC assessors to verify and ensure that the program met each of the 10 program standards and the hundreds of corresponding criteria. NAEYC-accredited programs are always prepared for unannounced quality-assurance visits during their accreditation term, which lasts for five years.
“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 the LLCC Child Development Center an exemplar of good practice for families and the entire community.”
To learn more about the LLCC Child Development Center, visit www.llcc.edu/child-development-center or call 217.786.2450.