Preschool earns accreditation |

Preschool earns accreditation

Provided to the TribuneStudents and staff at Under the Magic Pine Tree celebrate the school's accreditation.

Under the Magic Pine Tree children’s center recently received accreditation for the day care center and preschool by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. This is the third time that Under the Magic Pine Tree has been accredited for the maximum three-year period. The center was first accredited in 1996, and then reaccredited in 1999. The center, which has been in operation for 24 years, is the only privately-owned preschool in El Dorado County that has received accreditation.

The center was commended by the Washington, D.C. based commission for excellent staff interactions among teachers and children. The staff was commended for warm and positive interactions with the children. The validator was impressed with the extensive amounts of language arts materials and activities, and the wide variety of activities and curriculum planned for the outside learning areas. The commission commended the program for creating an environment, both indoors and outdoors, that fosters growth and development for the children.

The commission commended the preschool teachers for continuing their education in child development and ongoing staff development. In addition, the commission commended the program for demonstrating NAEYC group size and ratios.

Under the Magic Pine Tree has a unique program that includes swimming, gymnastics, dance, developmentally appropriate activities, environment and curriculum for children 2 to 12 years of age. This summer Under the Magic Pine Tree installed an above ground swimming pool and taught more than 60 children to swim on site. The pool is completely surrounded with a six-foot fence and alarm system and is only up in the summer. Set on an acre of land across from Barton Memorial Hospital, the facility is licensed for 60 children. With the addition last year of the Federal Child Care Food Program, Pine Tree serves three nutritious meals a day to every child.

Plans for the fall include a new toddler program on Tuesday and Thursday mornings to introduce young children to the group setting.

For more information on the program at Under the Magic Pine Tree, call (530) 541-4848. For more information on the National Association for the Education of Young Children and accredited centers call (800) 424-2460.

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