Naugatuck YMCA center earns accreditation

NAUGATUCK — The Naugatuck YMCA Preschool and Early Learning Center earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

NAEYC accreditation uses a set of ten research-based standards to collaborate with early education programs to recognize and drive quality-improvement in high-quality early learning environments, a press release stated.

To earn NAEYC accreditation, the YMCA Preschool and Early Learning Center went through a self-study and quality-improvement process, followed by an on-site visit by NAEYC assessors to verify and ensure that the program met each of the ten program standards, and hundreds of corresponding individual criteria, the release stated.

NAEYC-accredited programs are subject to unannounced quality-assurance visits during their accreditation term, which lasts for five years.

“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 within our pre-school programs. NAEYC accreditation lets families in our community know that children in our high-quality program have teachers who create engaging classrooms, enhance relationships with their parents and families, and develop rich experiences for their students,” said Naugatuck YMCA CEO Susan Talbot in the release.