National Education Association for the Education of Young Children Press Release

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Oakridge Neighborhood Services Earns Accreditation for Oak Academy from the National Association for the Education of Young Children


DES MOINES, IA, Mar. 14, 2018- Oakridge Neighborhood Services in Des Moines has received accreditation from The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), a professional membership organization that works to accredit early childhood programs. NAEYC provides a more reliable and accountable accreditation system along with encouraging the field of early childhood education to strive for a new level of excellence since 1985.

NAEYC evaluation of Oakridge Neighborhood Services includes a thorough review of the physical facility and quality of patient care. NAEYC interviews both staff, parents, and students while conducting a review of organizational documents, including records of children care.

“We are extremely pleased to have achieved this designation,” states Teree Caldwell-Johnson, CEO of Oakridge Neighborhood Services. “Accreditation is a rigorous process, but one that we welcome as a continuous quality improvement mechanism. Earning NAEYC accreditation is another measure of our excellence as a premier provider of child care and early enrichment education and reflects our commitment to our children and their families.”

Founded in 1926, NAEYC is a large nonprofit association representing early childhood education teachers, para-educators, center directors, trainers, college educators, families of young children, policymakers, and advocates and primarily focuses on improving the well-being of young children, with particular emphasis on the quality of educational and developmental services for children from birth through age 8.

Oak Academy provides high-quality child care and early enrichment education to an ethnically and culturally diverse group of infants and toddlers and prepares preschoolers to enter kindergarten ready to learn and on a level playing field with other children in their respective classes. The Academy utilizes the research-based Creative Curriculum, which is based on principles of child development, individualized for each child and incorporating culturally relevant practices.  Academy staff addresses the needs of the whole child by supporting their social, emotional, intellectual, and physical development in a safe child-friendly environment where they encounter daily experiences that mirror their ethnic and cultural backgrounds and those of their classmates.

“Receiving accreditation is a significant achievement, one that recognizes outstanding performance by Oak Academy,” says Bethany Davis, Oak Academy Director. “The employees should be commended for their commitment to providing quality care to the children. They are a huge part of the process since they are the ones being observed during the site visit.  They are also responsible for their classroom portfolios as well as their knowledge of policies, procedures, curriculum, and assessment,” says Davis.



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