Saint John Preschool of Little Canada Earns National NAEYC Accreditation I am proud to announce that Saint John Preschool of Little Canada has earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children(NAEYC) – the nation’s leading organization of early childhood professionals, which puts our program among the top in the nation by earning this accreditation.
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. NAEYC Accreditation lets families in our community know that children in our high-quality program have teachers who create engaging classrooms, enhance relationships with their parents and families, and develop rich experiences for their students.
Saint John Preschool’s mission is to provide a quality Christian environment that nurtures growth and learning through physical, social, emotional, intellectual and spiritual development for children ages three to five years.
To earn NAEYC Accreditation, our preschool program went through an extensive self-study process, measuring the program and its services against the 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 program standards.
In the 25 years since NAEYC Accreditation was established, it has become a widely recognized sign of high-quality early childhood education. Nearly 7,000 programs are currently accredited by NAEYC – approximately 8 percent of all preschools and other early childhood programs.
“It’s a lengthy and rigorous process to achieve NAEYC Accreditation, and Saint John Preschool of Little Canada should be commended for seeking high standards,” said Rhian Evans Allvin, executive director of NAEYC. “Caring for children is not ‘rocket science’ – it’s brain science. Studies prove that the brain connections made in the first few years of life set a child’s path for success in school and in life. That’s why quality educators are so crucial. For parents and caregivers of young children who are searching for a high-quality early learning experience, Saint John Preschool of Little Canada’s NAEYC Accreditation is a sign that it offers a high-quality education in a nurturing and stimulating environment.”