FORT WAYNE, Ind.—Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne’s (IPFW’s) child care center, The Learning Community, has earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)—the nation’s leading organization of early childhood professionals.
“We’re proud to have earned the mark of quality from NAEYC, and to be recognized for our commitment to reaching the highest professional standards,” said Michelle Cordova, director of The Learning Community. “NAEYC accreditation lets families in our community know that children in our program are getting the best care and early learning experiences possible.”
To earn NAEYC accreditation, The Learning Community, located at 2401 Reed Road, went through an extensive self-study process, measuring the program and its services against the 10 NAEYC Early Childhood Program Standards and more than 400 related accreditation criteria. The program received accreditation after an on-site visit by NAEYC assessors to ensure that the program meets each of the ten program standards. NAEYC-accredited programs are also subject to unannounced visits during their accreditation, which lasts for five years.
“The NAEYC accreditation system raises the bar for childcare centers and other early childhood programs,” said Jerlean E. Daniel, Ph.D., executive director of NAEYC. “Having earned NAEYC accreditation is a sign that TLC is a leader in a national effort to invest in high-quality early childhood education.”