Minnieland Academy at Bristow celebrates NAEYC Accreditation
Minnieland Academy @ Bristow was recently granted accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) A Ribbon Cutting ceremony and Apple Festival was held on Thursday, September 14th.
The celebration was attended by State Senator Jeremy McPike, a Minnieland alum himself, as well as Debi Stepien, Early Childhood Coordinator for the Technical Assistance Program at George Mason University. Both speakers addressed the importance of early childhood education for our children as it lays the foundation for lifelong learning and success.
In the 30 years since NAEYC Accreditation was established, it has become a widely recognized sign of high-quality early childhood education. More than 7,000 programs are currently accredited by NAEYC—less than ten percent of all child care centers, preschools, and kindergartens nationally achieve this recognition.
By earning a NAEYC accreditation, early education programs demonstrate their commitment to their communities, collaborative relationships with families, and finding ways to continuously improve the quality of their programs.
During the accreditation process all areas of the school’s program are examined including administration, staff development and the working environment, the developmental program, outdoor and indoor environments, health and safety as well as parent and community relations.