Ribbon Cutting at Minnieland Academy @ Gunston to celebrate NAEYC Accreditation


Minnieland Academy @ Gunston proudly announces their recent Accreditation granted by NAEYC.  A Ribbon Cutting will be held at 5:00 pm on Wednesday, January 25th to celebrate their achievement followed by their Cocoa and Canvas event with parents and children.

Since 1985, NAEYC has offered a national, voluntary accreditation system to set professional standards for early childhood education programs, and to help families identify high-quality programs. Today, NAEYC Accreditation represents the mark of quality in early childhood education.  Over 6,500 child care programs, preschools, early learning centers, and other center- or school-based early childhood education programs are currently NAEYC-Accredited.  These programs provide high quality care and education to nearly one million young children in the United States, its territories, and programs affiliated with the United States Department of Defense.

Dr. Rosemary Burton,Vice President of Accreditation and Industry Relations said, “It is indeed an honor to achieve this prestigious accreditation award.  It places their programs in good company with some of the best quality programs in the country.  The teachers at Gunston worked very hard to create portfolios that showcase the excellent teaching and learning that takes place in their classrooms and are to be commended for their dedication to their craft.  I enjoyed working with them.”


During the accreditation process all areas of the school’s program are scrutinizedincluding administration, staff development and the working environment, the developmental program, outdoor and indoor environments, health and safety as well as parent and community relations.

“The heart of NAEYC accreditation focuses on the quality care the children experience,” Karen Dickens, Director of Minnieland Academy @ Gunston said.  “The process carefully considers all aspects of a program including health and safety, teacher qualifications, longevity, and physical environment.  The greatest emphasis is on the children’s relationships with the teachers and how the program helps each child grow and learn intellectually, physically, socially, and emotionally.”



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