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Geneva General Child Care Center Earns National NAEYC Accreditation

Geneva General Child Care Center, located behind Geneva General Hospital, has earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) – the nation’s leading organization of early childhood professionals.

“We’re proud to have earned the mark of quality from NAEYC, and to be recognized for our commitment to reaching the highest professional standards,” said Kathy Ryrko, Director of Geneva General Child Care Center. “NAEYC Accreditation lets families in our community know that children in our program are getting the best care and early learning experiences possible.” Geneva General Child Care Center has been recognized for promoting positive relationships; having a curriculum that is consistent with its goals for children; using effective teaching approaches that enhance each child’s learning and development; implementing assessment approaches to provide information on children’s learning and development; having a program promotes the nutrition and health of children; employing and supporting a teaching staff with the educational qualifications, knowledge, and professional commitment necessary to promote children’s learning and development; establishing and maintaining collaborative relationships with each child’s family; establishing community relationships; having safe and healthful indoor and outdoor physical environments; and implementing policies, procedures, and systems that support stable staff and strong personnel, and program management so all children, families, and staff have high-quality experiences.

To earn NAEYC Accreditation, Geneva General Child Care Center went through an extensive self-study process, measuring the program and its services against the ten NAEYC Early Childhood Program Standards and more than 400 related Accreditation Criteria. The program received NAEYC Accreditation after an on-site visit by NAEYC Assessors to ensure that the program meets each of the ten program 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. More than 7,000 programs are currently accredited by NAEYC – approximately 8 percent of all preschools and other early childhood programs.

“The NAEYC Accreditation system raises the bar for child care centers and other early childhood programs,” said Jerlean E. Daniel, Ph.D, executive director of NAEYC. “Having earned NAEYC Accreditation is a sign that Geneva General Child Care Center is a leader in a national effort to invest in high-quality early childhood education.”

The NAEYC Accreditation system has set voluntary professional standards for programs for young children since 1985. In September 2006, the Association revised program standards and criteria to introduce a new level of quality, accountability, and service for parents and children in child care programs. The new standards today reflect the latest research and best practices in early childhood education and development. NAEYC is committed to utilizing the newest studies and analysis on positive child outcomes to ensure young children continue receiving the highest-quality care and education possible.

Geneva General Child Care Center still has openings for three and four year olds in their pre-kindergarten education program this fall. Please contact Kathy Ryrko at (315) 787-4190 or Kathy.ryrko@flhealth.org for more information.

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