Title 1 Pre-K programs re-accredited - May 11, 2006

Record Number: 2460
Displayed from: May 11, 2006 , until: Jun 01, 2006

Fort Wayne Community Schools Abbett, Adams and Scott elementary schools' Pre-Kindergarten programs have earned re-accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) - the nation's leading organization of early childhood professionals. We're proud to be accredited by NAEYC, and recognized for our commitment to reaching the highest professional standards, said Barbara Roberts, Title 1 Pre-K instructional facilitator for Fort Wayne Community Schools. NAEYC accreditation lets families in our community know that children in our program are getting the best care and learning experiences. More than 11,000 early childhood programs serving over one million young children are currently accredited by NAEYC. In recent years, we've seen a growing number of child care and preschool programs earning NAEYC Accreditation, Fort Wayne Community Schools has become a leader in a national effort to raise the quality of early childhood education, and to help give all children a better start, she said. Responding to the growth of the system, in 1999 the NAEYC Governing Board appointed a National Commission on Accreditation Reinvention to conduct a comprehensive review of NAEYC's Accreditation system. Building on their work, NAEYC is making many changes to increase the reliability and accountability of the accreditation system and promote higher program quality. In April 2005, the NAEYC Governing Board approved Early Childhood Program Standards and Accreditation Criteria, which will be used in the future to assess whether programs receive accreditation. All nine FWCS Title 1 Pre-Kindergartens are currently accredited. NAEYC created its accreditation program in 1985 to set professional standards for early childhood education, and to help families identify high-quality child care and early education programs. To earn NAEYC's accreditation, a program conducts a self-study to determine how well it meets the standards. After necessary improvements are made, the program is observed by independent, professional validators, and then reviewed by a national panel. Programs are accredited for a five-year period. For more information contact: Barbara Roberts, FWCS Title 1 Pre-K instructional facilitator, 425-7317.

With nearly 30,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 50 schools through its successful school-choice program creating diversity in each school, including some with more than 75 languages spoken. FWCS offers seven magnet schools focusing on areas such as science and math, communication, fine arts or Montessori at the elementary and middle school level. In high school, students can choose from the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, Project Lead the Way or New Tech Academy as well as other rigorous academic and specialty training programs.