TORY VAN BLARCUM
Parents of young children should have no worries about sending their children to the KC Early Childhood Center which has been reaccredited through the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the nation’s leading organization of early childhood professionals,
The ECC has been an accredited program since 1988 and is the only center in East Texas other than the Stephen F. Austin State University lab school to have the national accreditation.
“By being able to say we are an NAEYC accredited center, parents and others in the community know that we value young children and their families and hold ourselves to a higher standard of care based on sound child development principles,” said ECC Director Katie Moses.
The ECC went through a long process to gain its reaccreditation from NAEYC. On Feb. 15 a representative visited the facility and spent the day observing the events of an average day at the ECC. The representative conducted a safety checklist on the inside and outside of the learning environment and spent a minimum of an hour observing in each classroom.
The program does not receive any financial or material incentive for meeting the standard of quality from NAEYC. The reaccreditation is valid until June 2018 and during the next five years the program is subject to unannounced visits by NAEYC representatives.