ECC prepares for accreditation

Whitney Howard
Staff Writer

The KC Early Childhood Center is aiming, once again, for top-notch approval this year as it prepares for the five-year accreditation review from the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Not only is the ECC an institution for teaching young children, but it provides hands-on training and instruction for students interested in childhood education.

The NAEYC, a voluntary program, is the most prevailing childhood development accreditation center in the nation.

KC is the only NAEYC qualified center in East Texas, other than Stephen F. Austin State University, and has remained accredited for 20 years.

There are more than 400 criteria included in the NAEYC’s approval standards and, although the review is months away, ECC employees are hard at work on their project for the assessment to gain re-accreditation.

“It’s a lot of work,” said Janet Baxter, administrative assistant. “But it shows our commitment for childcare.”

KC’s ECC was established in 1987 and employees have had years of experience in furthering childhood education in East Texas.

Baxter says ECC encourages parental involvement in the program. They conduct a Parent Involvement Committee Meeting two to three times a year.

It updates the parents on the syllabus and progress of the children who, according to the KC ECC Mission Statement, “are offered a nurturing environment and a curriculum that develops the whole child physically, emotionally, socially and cognitively.”

Because the ECC has  no form of suitable transportation, the students go on field trips around campus, such as the St. Jude Miracle Mile Walk Fundraiser on Oct. 5, a class walk to St. Luke’s Pumpkin Patch Oct. 8 and the KC Homecoming Pep Rally Oct. 17.

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