FOND DU LAC, Wis. – The Early Childhood Center (ECC) at Marian University was recently awarded a new, five-year term of accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Academy for Early Childhood Program Accreditation.
The NAEYC is the top professional organization working on behalf of young children in the nation. Established 25 years ago, NAEYC accreditation has become widely recognized as a sign of high quality early childhood education. Only approximately eight percent of all preschools and early childhood programs achieve NAEYC accreditation.
The NAEYC assessed the ECC by 10 different criteria, including relationships, curriculum, teaching, assessment, health, teachers, families, community relationships, physical environment, and leadership and management. The accreditation system establishes professional preparation standards to raise the quality of early childhood teacher education, and in turn raise the quality of early education programs serving young children.
Marian University’s ECC is the only NAEYC accredited program in the Fond du Lac area. Marian’s ECC’s NAEYC accreditation is valid through February 2019.