Kiddie Academy Gaithersburg Presented with National NAEYC Accreditation
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July 31, 2018
Kiddie Academy Gaithersburg Presented with National NAEYC Accreditation following Surprise Visit
Surprise visit ends in celebration as child-care program is recognized among the top in the nation by earning accreditation
Washington, DC – After a surprise accreditation visit, Kiddie Academy located in Gaithersburg, MD has earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)—the world's largest organization working on behalf of young children.
This Monday, July 30 Kiddie Academy leaders and NAEYC’s accreditation team visited staff at the maryland child-care program, and what began as a surprise accreditation visit turned into a celebration as NAEYC officials presented the academy with NAEYC Accreditation.
NAEYC Accreditation is a rigorous and transformative quality-improvement system that uses a set of 10 research-based standards to collaborate with early education programs to recognize and drive quality-improvement in high-quality early learning environments.
To earn NAEYC Accreditation, Kiddie Academy Gaithersburg went through an extensive self-study and quality-improvement process, followed by an on-site visit by NAEYC Assessors to verify and ensure that the program met each of the ten program standards, and hundreds of corresponding individual criteria. NAEYC-accredited programs are always prepared for unannounced quality-assurance visits during their accreditation term, which lasts for five years.
In the 30 years since NAEYC Accreditation was established, it has become a widely recognized sign of high-quality early childhood education. More than 7,000 programs are currently accredited by NAEYC—less than 10 percent of all child care centers, preschools, and kindergartens nationally achieve this recognition.
“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 Kiddie Academy Gaithersburg an exemplar of good practice for families and the entire community.”
For more information about NAEYC Accreditation, visit the NAEYC website.
NAEYC is the foremost professional membership organization committed to transforming the lives of young children and delivering on the promise of high-quality early learning. NAEYC represents tens of thousands of early childhood educators who care for, educate, and work on behalf of young children, birth through age 8. Learn more about NAEYC at www.NAEYC.org.