FWCS preschools earn national accreditation - August 26, 2008

Record Number: 4282
Displayed from: Aug 26, 2008 , until: Sep 26, 2008

Six of Fort Wayne Community Schools' Title I preschools at Bloomingdale, Fairfield, Nebraska, South Wayne, Study and Washington Elementary Schools are among the first early childhood programs in the nation to earn 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 have earned the mark of quality from NAEYC, and to be recognized for our commitment to reaching the highest professional standards, said Barbara Roberts, Title I pre-k instructional facilitator. NAEYC Accreditation lets families in our community know that children in our programs are getting the best care and early learning experiences possible. In the 20 years since NAEYC Accreditation was established, it has become a widely recognized sign of high-quality early childhood education. FWCS' programs will be among the 8 percent of preschools and early childhood programs nationally that have earned this prestigious designation. To earn NAEYC Accreditation in the new system, all six Title I preschools went through an extensive self-study process, measuring the program and its services against the 10 new NAEYC Early Childhood Program Standards and more than 400 related Accreditation Criteria. The program received NAEYC Accreditation after an on-site visit by NAEYC assessors to ensure that the program meets each of the 10 NAEYC program standards. NAEYC-accredited programs are also subject to unannounced visits during their accreditation, which lasts for five years. More information on the standards is available at www.rightchoiceforkids.org/docs/NAEYC_Accreditation_Brochure.pdf. The new NAEYC Accreditation system raises the bar for preschools, child care centers and other early childhood programs, said Mark Ginsberg, Ph.D., executive director of NAEYC. Earning the NAEYC Accreditation is a sign that Fort Wayne Community Schools is a leader in a national effort to invest in high-quality early childhood education, and to help give all children a better start. The NAEYC Accreditation system has set voluntary professional standards for programs for young children since 1985. As of September 2006, the Association's revised program standards and criteria have introduced a new level of quality, accountability, and service for parents and children in child care programs. The new standards reflect the latest research and best practices in early childhood education and development. NAEYC is committed to utilizing the newest studies and analysis on positive child outcomes to ensure young children continue receiving the highest-quality care and education possible.

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.