Today we congratulate 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 since December 19.
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 14 programs that earned accreditation or reaccreditation since December 19:
Ashland. Ashland Preschool Program
Boston. Little Folks Community Day Care Center (East Boston), Franklin Square Day Care Center (Roxbury)
Dartmouth. Little People’s College
Franklin. Bright Horizons Family Solutions
Lancaster. Mary Rowlandson Elementary School Early Childhood Programs
Monson. Quarry Hill Community School Early Childhood Program
New Bedford. GNB Voc-Tech Early Childhood Education Program
Otis. Farmington River Regional School Preschool and Kindergarten Program
Swampscott. Swampscott Public Schools (Hadley)
Waltham. Bright Horizons
Wellesley. Wellesley Nursery School in the Hills
Westwood. Martha Jones School
Worcester. Jewish Community Center Preschool/Toddler Center