The Little School Earns National NAEYC Accreditation
Weston, VT – The Little School in Weston, VT has earned a new five-year term of accreditation from The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) – the nation’s leading organization of early childhood professionals. Currently there are approximately 6,500 accredited programs nationwide and less than 60 programs in the state of Vermont.
The NAEYC Accreditation system has set voluntary professional standards for young children since 1985. As of September 2006, the Association’s revised program standards and criteria have introduced a new level of quality, accountability, and service for parents and children in child care programs. The new standards 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.
“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 Meghan Meszkat, Director of The Little School. “NAEYC Accreditation lets families in our community know that children in our program are getting the best care and early learning experiences possible.”
The Little School was established in 1976 in a historic schoolhouse landmark dating from 1861. Serving children from 10 surrounding towns, The Little School is proud to provide a safe, healthy and nurturing program that is responsive to various developmental needs and accessible to all families. Classrooms for children ages 2-5 provide developmentally appropriate full, part and extended day programs.
To renew their NAEYC Accreditation, The Little School went through an extensive preparation process, measuring the program and its services against 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 NAEYC program standards. NAEYC-accredited programs are also subject to unannounced visits during their accreditation, which lasts for five years.
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