Skipwith Academy at Westchester Commons was recently granted accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
In the 30 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—less than ten percent of all child care centers, preschools, and kindergartens nationally achieve this recognition.
“The heart of NAEYC accreditation focuses on the quality care the children experience,” Zabrina Harden, Director of Skipwith Academy at Westchester Commons said. “The process carefully considers all aspects of a program including health and safety, teacher qualifications, longevity, and physical environment. An emphasis is on the children’s relationships with the teachers and how the program helps each child grow and learn intellectually, physically, socially, and emotionally.”
Dr. Rosemary Burton, Vice President of Accreditation and Industry Relations said, “It is indeed an honor to achieve this prestigious accreditation award. It places Skipwith Academy at Westchester Commons in good company with some of the best quality programs in the country. The teachers worked very hard to create portfolios that showcase the excellent teaching and learning that takes place in their classrooms and are to be commended for their dedication to their craft.”
During the accreditation process all areas of the school’s program are examined including administration, staff development and the working environment, the developmental program, outdoor and indoor environments, health and safety as well as parent and community relations.
A celebration and Ribbon Cutting will take place on Thursday, December 14th at 6pm.