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Patterson Center Earns Accreditation

The Isabel Patterson Child Development Center (IPCDC) recently earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the nation’s leading organization of early childhood professionals. IPCDC received special recognition/commendation in the areas of interactions among children and staff, curriculum, physical environment, health and safety, and nutrition and food service.

“This is a huge honor,” said Associated Students’ executive director Richard Haller. “Programs receiving accreditation are renowned for their excellence and commitment to quality education.”

NAEYC created its accreditation program in 1985 to set professional standards for early childhood programs. It is a voluntary, national accreditation system that outlines stringent criteria to measure the quality of child care programs, preschools and kindergartens.

“We are proud to be accredited by NAEYC and recognized for our commitment to reaching the highest professional standards,” said IPCDC Director Rhonda Marikos. “NAEYC accreditation lets families know that our children are getting the best care and learning experiences.”

The process of receiving accreditation has been several years in the making and required countless hours of planning and effort by the IPCDC staff. The process also involved being audited and observed by independent professionals and validators, and a final review by a national panel.

“Rhonda and her staff have worked tirelessly and diligently to keep up with the process,” said Haller. “Their diligence and commitment to excellence have now paid off and we are now the proud operators of a nationally accredited education program.”