Illinois Central College believes that children deserve a high quality, developmentally appropriate educational program. We as a center started the accreditation process through the National Association for the Education of Young Children in 2002, and we have worked very hard to exceed the minimum regulations set forth in the state child care licensing laws. We reached our NAEYC accreditation goal in November of 2005, and have maintained it since.
What is Accreditation?
Early childhood programs accredited by the NAEYC have voluntarily undergone a comprehensive process of internal self-study, invited external professional review to verify compliance with the Academy's Criteria for High Quality Early Childhood Programs, and been found to be in substantial compliance with the criteria.
What Is A High Quality Early Childhood Program?
Look for these qualities in a child care program:
- Frequent, positive, warm interactions among adults and children
- Planned learning activities appropriate to children's age and development, such as block building, painting, stories, dress-up, and active, outdoor play
- Specially trained teachers
- Enough adults to respond to individual children
- Many, varied age-appropriate materials
- A healthy and safe environment for children
- Nutritious meals and/or snacks
- Regular communication with parents who are welcome visitors at all times