Child care at LTCC earns accreditation
It’s evident when you walk through the doors. You hear it in the happy shrieks of the children. You see it in the brightly colored displays of artwork. Now it’s down on paper. The Lake Tahoe Community College Child Development Center is awesome.
Opened in 1993, the center is licensed for 46 children ages 6 weeks through prekindergarten. This week the center was granted accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. The childcare center is the only infant and toddler facility on South Shore with this distinction. Only two other preschools in South Lake Tahoe are
NAEYC accreditation is a rigorous, voluntary process by which early childhood programs demonstrate that they meet national standards of excellence. Child care centers, preschools, kindergartens, and before and after school programs are eligible to seek accreditation.
“It shows that we go above and beyond the licensing requirements,” said Child Development Center Director Michelle Sower.
The center conducted a self-study by collecting information from parents, teachers, administrators, and classroom observations. Early childhood professionals conducted an on-site visit and a team of national experts independently reviewed all the information. The accreditation is valid for three years.
The commission commended the LTCC staff for their warm and positive interactions with the children and the high level of staff training. It also highlighted the center’s environment both indoors and outdoors as fostering growth and development of the children.
“The heart of NAEYC accreditation focuses on the child’s experience,” said Sower. “It considers all aspects of a program including health and safety, staffing, staff qualifications, and physical environment. The greatest emphasis is on the children’s relationships with the staff and how the program helps each child grow and learn.”
For more information about NAEYC or the accreditation process, access NAEYC’s Web site at http://www.naeyc.org/