Kiddie Academy of Abingdon Earns National Accreditation
Local Early Learning Facility Recognized by Nation’s Leading Organization for Early Childhood Professionals
ABINGDON, MD (November 13, 2017) — Kiddie Academy of Abingdon recently received national accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The recognition comes from the nation’s leading organization of early childhood professionals and less than 10 percent of all child care centers, preschools, and kindergartens nationally achieve this recognition.
“Since opening in early 2016, we have aspired to achieve the highest educational standards,” said Richard Peterson, Kiddie Academy vice president of education. “Achieving NAEYC accreditation is a proud moment for us, as we can now highlight the fact that this location is operating against the organization’s high standards in early childhood education to offer parents unparalleled education and care.”
To earn the accreditation, which is awarded for five years, Kiddie Academy of Abingdon completed an extensive self-study process, measuring the program and its services against more than 400 related accreditation criteria and a set of 10 research-based early childhood program standards.
For more than 25 years, families have relied on NAEYC Accreditation to ensure the quality of education and care provided in programs for young children. High-quality programs provide a safe and nurturing environment while promoting the development of young children. NAEYC sets research-based standards and provides resources to improve early childhood program quality and enhance the professional development and working conditions of program staff.
The standards were created with input from experts and educators from around the country, and developed to raise the quality of education for children from birth through age eight, while defining what NAEYC believes all early childhood programs should provide.
“High-quality early childhood education is directly linked to better cognitive function and language development,” Peterson commented. “This accreditation process is a powerful tool to set benchmarks for educational excellence and improving program quality.”