FREDONIA - After a rigorous examination of the Early Care and Education Program at the Campus and Community Children's Center in Fredonia, the National Association for the Education of Young Children has renewed its accreditation.
The national accrediting organization uses 10 standards and more than 400 criteria to determine whether an early care and education program deserves accreditation. The Campus Community Children's Center meets these standards, indicating the program is safe and secure, its staff members are well trained, and the curriculum taught is challenging and developmentally sound. The program is for children from eight weeks through five years of age.
The center is housed in a self-contained, $4.6 million facility which opened in August 2010. The state-of-the-art facility includes a small indoor gymnasium, two infant rooms, two multi-age rooms, a toddler room, three observation rooms, administrative offices, a teacher planning room, kitchen, and a group meeting area for music and other activities. Along with an outdoor playground, the center has a parking area with a drop-off and pick-up point for parents, and numerous safety and security features.
In addition to early care, the center also serves families through its universal pre-kindergarten extension program and its before- and after-school programs for children ages 5-12.
The center's programs run through holiday breaks and summer in the form of children's camps. More than 200 are enrolled in programs led by 25 full-time and several part-time teachers.
The College of Education at SUNY Fredonia partners with the center to provide undergraduates with opportunities to observe classrooms that are models of quality education for children.
For more than 80 years, the National Association for the Education of Young Children has worked to raise the quality of programs for children from birth through age eight by establishing national standards of quality and systems of accreditation.