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June 2006

UCAR Child Care Center accreditation


The UCAR Child Care Center has crossed an important milestone, winning accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The accreditation, which is bestowed only on centers that meet rigorous standards, recognizes UCAR's low teacher-to-child ratios, creative programs, and nurturing
learning environment.

"We are deeply honored by this accreditation, which the center earned in just its second year of operation," says Katy Schmoll, UCAR vice president for finance and administration. "This is an important recognition of UCAR's dedication to providing our employees, as well as the Boulder community, with high-quality child care."

The NAEYC accreditation is based on strict criteria. To qualify, for example, a center has to maintain a teacher-child ratio of 1 to 9 for preschoolers, compared to the Colorado requirement of 1 to 10. Other requirements focus on interactions between children and teachers, curriculum, staffing, physical environment, health and safety, and more.

The UCAR Child Care Center, located on 34th Street just a couple of blocks from the Center Green campus, opened its doors in 2004 with 12 children and 4 teachers. Enrollment has grown steadily to 64 children and 12 teachers. The center is operated by Childrens' Creative Learning Centers, a California-based company.

"We are at an exciting time at the center with an expanding number of activities that are fun and also educational," says UCAR Child Care Center director Mia Strugar-Fritsch.

Parents give the center high marks. "It's is a great place," says Sarah Pritchard, who works in the Office of General Counsel and has two children in the center. "Experienced and loving teachers, a hands-on director, and involved parents are the ideal components of a successful center. I feel very fortunate that it has all come together at UCAR."

• by David Hosansky

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