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April 24, 2012
 
HCC Child Care Center earns National Accreditation
 
WELDON, N.C. – The Halifax Community College (HCC) Child Care Center has earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Notification of the achievement was received in early April. The HCC Child Care Center was the first five-star center in Halifax County and now enjoys the status of being the first and only NAEYC accredited child care center in Halifax County.

The accreditation process took two years. In order to achieve it, the program had to meet all required criteria, meet at least 80 percent of assessed criteria for each program standard and meet at least 70 percent of assessed criteria for each classroom/group observed. The center exceeded all required scoring percentages.

The term of accreditation is five years. The center must sustain quality over the five-year term as documented through annual reports, reports of program changes and results of unannounced visits.

NAEYC early childhood education programs benefit children with greater readiness for and success in school. For this reason, parents and families seek out NAEYC accredited programs. NAEYC is the mark of quality that families are looking for and helps them identify high-quality early childhood programs. To achieve NAEYC accreditation, early childhood education programs volunteer to be measured against the most robust and rigorous national standards on education, health and safety.

The center began the accreditation journey by visiting and collaborating with other NAEYC accredited centers in the state. Staff learned about the successes and challenges of others that had traveled the same path. The road to accreditation was a four-step process:

  • Step one of the accreditation process was conducting an extensive self-study of the program, measuring the program and its services against the NAEYC Early Childhood Program Standards and more than 400 related accreditation criteria. This process helped identify the program’s strengths and weaknesses.
     
  • Step two involved a self-assessment of the program. The child care staff compiled evidence (observable, photographic and written) on how the program met the NAEYC Early Childhood Program Standards. Program improvements were made as needed. Instructors compiled classroom portfolios and the director compiled a program portfolio. Evidence was also documented through family and teaching staff surveys.
     
  • Step three involved meeting fundamental licensing, staffing, health and safety requirements. In addition, staff fine tuned program efforts in preparation for the site visit.
     
  • An NAEYC assessor visited the center on Feb. 14 to satisfy the requirements of step four, which is “Meeting the Standards.” The assessor spent the day observing in the classrooms, reviewing program and classroom portfolios and talking with center staff. The assessor’s role was to verify that the program description that was completed was an accurate description of the daily operation.
“We are proud to have earned NAEYC’s mark of quality and to be recognized for our commitment to reaching the highest quality early education in the nation. NAEYC accreditation lets families in our community know that children enrolled in our program are getting the best care and early learning experiences possible,” said Vicki Collier, director of the HCC Child Care Center.

Collier has been the director of the center since August 2005. The center is licensed to serve 45 children, ages 2-5.

Collier thanked HCC college administration and the instructors of the HCC Early Childhood Program for their support. She also thanked Johnston Community College Child Development Center in Smithfield, Cape Fear Community College Child Development Center in Wilmington, Asbury Preschool in Raleigh and Frank Porter Graham Child Development Center in Chapel Hill for their collaborative efforts in helping the center’s program achieve national accreditation. Collier also offered thanks to the parents who, as she put it, are “awesome team members.”
 
Photo cutline: The Halifax Community College Child Care Center has earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The HCC Child Care Center was the first five-star center in Halifax County and now enjoys the status of being the first and only NAEYC accredited child care center in Halifax County. Pictured, center staff and children assembled to celebrate the achievement.
Photo cutline: The Halifax Community College Child Care Center has earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The HCC Child Care Center was the first five-star center in Halifax County and now enjoys the status of being the first and only NAEYC accredited child care center in Halifax County. Pictured, center staff and children assembled to celebrate the achievement.
 
 
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Primary Media Contact: Melanie Temple, Director of Public Relations and Marketing, templem@halifaxcc.edu, 252-538-4319

Secondary Media Contact: Dr. Dianne Rhoades, Interim Vice President of Institutional Advancement, Halifax Community College and Interim Executive Director of the Halifax Community College Foundation Inc., rhoadesd@halifaxcc.edu, 252-536-7239