Schoolhouse earns its re-accreditation |

Schoolhouse earns its re-accreditation

The Little Red Schoolhouse in Snowmass Village was recently granted re-accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. This recognition has been achieved by 7 percent of early childhood programs nationwide.

NAEYC accreditation is a rigorous, voluntary process by which early childhood programs demonstrate that they consistently meet national standards of excellence. Child centers, preschools, kindergartens, and before- and after-school programs are eligible to seek NAEYC accreditation.

Programs seeking accreditation undergo an intensive self-study, collecting information from parents, teachers, administrators and classroom observations. They receive an on-site visit, conducted by early childhood professionals specially trained by NAEYC to validate their self-study results. All the information is then independently reviewed by a team of national experts who grant or defer accreditation. The accreditation lasts for three years.

“The heart of the NAEYC accreditation focuses in the child’s experience,” said Barbra Willer, association spokeswoman. “The process carefully considers all aspects of program provision including health and safety, staff qualifications, administration, and physical environment. But the greatest emphasis is on the children’s relationships with the staff and how the program helps each child grow and learn intellectually, physically and emotionally.”

The Little Red Schoolhouse, 4598 Owl Creek Road, serves 35 children ranging in age from one to five years. For further information about the NAEYC accreditation process or the Little Red Schoolhouse, contact Jenifer Ball at 923-5020.

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