Children’s School accredited by National Association for the Education of Young Children

By Jenine Ikeler
April 5, 2001

Cabrini Primetime

There is a small school nestled at 45 Walker Road where daily the development of young little scholars takes place. It is a place that has been nationally recognized for its excellence. Everyday the teachers of The Children’s School help to shape their students into learners.

The Children’s School of Cabrini College has been awarded accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). This accreditation is awarded to only 7 percent of early childhood programs nationwide. There were 7,545 programs as of October 1, 2000, serving 684,845 children. Approximately 15,000 programs are currently engaged in seeking accreditation.

“I am so proud. It is very important to Cabrini that their lab school has the highest mark of distinction,” Stephanie Lazzaro director, of The Children’s School, said.

It is the third time this distinction has been awarded to Cabrini. This is extremely impressive due to the high standards set up by the NAEYC. When a program is recognized, accreditation is valid for three years.

“The heart of the NAEYC accreditation focuses on the child’s experience,” Barbara Willer, spokesperson for NAEYC, said.

According to the NAEYC, schools ranging from kindergarten to before and/or after school programs voluntarily applied for early childhood accreditation by the National Academy of Early Childhood Programs. The NAEYC’s process begins with careful consideration of all different aspects of a program including health and safety, staffing, staff qualifications, and physical environment.

The accuracy of the program’s self study was verified during a site visit to the school by a team of trained volunteers. The volunteers examined everything from the cleanliness and sanitation of the teachers, to the splinters in the wood on the playground.

The Children’s School has a strong philosophy to create an environment where children and their families feel safe, respected, loved and empowered. The Children’s School likes to use the open classroom approach to emphasize the use of physical space to allow different activities within the boundaries of safety and well being.

To obtain more information on how to become registered with The Children’s School, contact Stephanie Lazzaro at 610-964-6112.

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