Today we offer our monthly congratulations to the center- and school-based early education programs in Massachusetts that earned accreditation or reaccreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children in May.
To those who earned accreditation or reaccreditation, NAEYC offers a marketing and communications tip: Spread the word to your local newspaper or other media outlet. Accredited programs can find a news release template in their program record. It’s a great way to publicize your accomplishment and draw attention to the importance of high-quality early learning settings.
NAEYC accreditation is a widely accepted proxy for quality, and Massachusetts boasts more NAEYC-accredited programs than any other state in the country. The Department of Early Education and Care includes accreditation in the standards for the state’s Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS), designed to assess program quality, provide incentives for programs to improve and offer valuable information for parents.
The rigorous NAEYC accreditation process measures 10 standards that range from curriculum to family engagement. Accredited programs use a research-based, developmentally appropriate curriculum that promotes children’s social, emotional, physical, language and cognitive growth. They support teachers’ professional development, promote children’s health and nutrition, use age-appropriate methods to assess children’s development and maintain collaborative relationships with parents and guardians.
Congratulations to the following 15 programs that earned accreditation or reaccreditation in May:
Boston: ABCD Dorchester Head Start (Dorchester), Frances Jacobson Early Childhood Center
Cambridge: King Open Preschool
Framingham: Temple Beth Sholom Preschool
Hopkinton: Sunshine Preschool, Inc
Longmeadow: Longmeadow Montessori Internationale
Newton: Holway Child Study Center at Rockwell
Oxford: Jack and Jill Preschool
Salem: Salem State University Preschool Program
Scituate: Cushing Elementary School
Somerville: Somerville Child Care Center
South Hadley: Brighter Beginnings Child Care
Worcester: Quinsigamond Children’s School, Salmon Center for Early Education
Wrentham: Bearly Beginning