Upstate News

May 18, 2004
Darryl Geddes 315 464-4828

Upstate Child Care Center receives national accreditation

Upstate Child Care Center of SUNY Upstate Medical University has received accreditation from The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The accreditation runs through October 2008.

The center underwent a rigorous process to voluntarily participate in the accreditation process, including intensive self-study, information gathering from parents, teachers, administrators and classroom observations and an on-site visit by early childhood professionals trained by NAEYC to validate self-study results. The review examined various issues, including teacher and child interactions, curriculum, health and safety, staff qualifications and physical environment.

“This recognition means a great deal to us as child care professionals,” said Clare White, director of the Upstate Child Care Center. “It says we’re meeting the highest standards when it comes to providing the highest quality program for young children and their families.”

NAEYC is the nation’s oldest and largest organization of early childhood professionals dedicated to the improvement of quality early childhood education.

Upstate Child Care Center, located on the campus of SUNY Upstate Medical University, is a not-profit corporation serving families of SUNY Upstate Medical University and the surrounding area. The center opened in 1970 and is recognized as one of the oldest employer-sponsored child care centers in the United States. While it serves mainly SUNY Upstate families, the center operates separately of the university with its own board of directors.

The center currently cares for 66 children, ages 6 weeks to 5 years.

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