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MCC Child Development Center Earns NAEYC Accreditation

Posted: October 03, 2014

Less than 10% of programs nationally achieve this distinction.

The Child Development Center at Manchester Community College has earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) – the nation’s leading organization of early childhood professionals.

To earn NAEYC Accreditation, the Child Development Center at MCC went through an extensive self-study process, measuring the program and its services against the 10 NAEYC Early Childhood Program Standards and more than 400 related Accreditation Criteria. The program received NAEYC Accreditation in September after an on-site visit by NAEYC Assessors to ensure the program met all standards. NAEYC-accredited programs are also subject to unannounced visits during their accreditation, which lasts for five years.

In the 25 years since NAEYC Accreditation was established, it has become a widely recognized sign of high-quality early childhood education. Nationally, nearly 7,000 programs are currently accredited by NAEYC – approximately eight percent of all preschools and other early childhood programs.

Located on the MCC campus at 1066 Front Street, the center opened in August 2011 and is licensed by the State of NH Childcare Licensing Bureau. The center serves pre-school to Kindergarten-age children year-round, plus offers school-age summer camp programs for children entering first grade through fifth grade.

Open to children of MCC students, faculty and staff, as well as children from the Greater Manchester community, part-time, full time and drop-in care is available for children aged two years and 10 months through age six.