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Children's Center Achieves NAEYC Accreditation
The GAMC Children's Centers located in the Verdugo Foothills have earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) - the nation's leading organization of early childhood professionals.

The GAMC Children's Centers currently serve over 100 children, ranging in age from six weeks to five years of age. Our centers offer safe and healthy learning environments that focus on fostering each child's social, emotional, cultural, language, cognitive, and physical development as an individual and through group activities. Recognizing that active parental involvement is critical to developing a team with our center staff, our centers provide parent education, family events, extensive conferencing and annual parent surveys to better meet the needs of our families and enrolled children.

To earn NAEYC Accreditation, both GAMC Children's Centers have gone through an individual and extensive self-study process, measuring each program and its services against the ten NAEYC Early Childhood Program Standards and more than 400 related Accreditation Criteria. Each program has received NAEYC Accreditation after independent on-site visits by NAEYC Assessors to ensure that the programs meet standards of the highest quality care. NAEYC-accredited programs are also subject to unannounced visits and conducts annual reports during their accreditation term, 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 The GAMC Children's Centers are leaders 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.

The NAEYC Accreditation system was created to set professional standards for early childhood education, and to help families identify high-quality preschools, child care centers and other early education programs. To earn NAEYC Accreditation, a program must meet each of the ten NAEYC Early Childhood Program Standards. Programs are accredited by NAEYC for a five-year period.

For more information about NAEYC Accreditation, visit www.naeyc.org/academy.