UCAR Child Care Center Receives National Accreditation
June 1, 2006
BOULDER, Colorado—The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) has granted its accreditation to the child care center at the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR). The accreditation, which is bestowed only on centers that meet rigorous standards, recognizes UCAR's excellent program standards, low teacher-to-child ratios, and a nurturing learning environment.
"We are deeply honored by this accreditation, which the child care center earned in just its second year of operation," says Kathryn 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.
There are about 10,000 NAEYC-accredited programs in the nation, serving nearly one million children and their families. The NAEYC credential is designed to help early childhood professionals, families, and others concerned about the quality of early childhood education to evaluate and strengthen programs.
The UCAR Child Care Center, located at 3050 34th Street, opened its doors in 2004. It can serve 78 children ranging in age from six weeks to five years.
The center is operated by CCLC (its official name, with unconventional punctuation, is Childrens' Creative Learning Centers), a California-based child care organization. CCLC strives to serve the entire family by involving parents in programming and activities. All of their eligible programs have earned NAEYC accreditation.
"We are at an exciting time at the child care center with an expanding number of activities that are fun and also educational," says UCAR Child Care Center director Mia Strugar-Fritsch.
Last year, Colorado Parent magazine named UCAR one of the state's top employers for working families, in part because of the child care center. The magazine's October issue ranked UCAR number one in the nonprofit category.
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