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Accreditation renewed for the early care program at the campus children's center
Friday, October 26, 2012

Campus and Community Children's Center
The Campus and Community Children's Center, above, located on the SUNY Fredonia campus. The state-of-the-art facility opened in 2010.  Visit website>>

After a rigorous examination of the Early Care and Education Program at the Campus and Community Children's Center in Fredonia, the National Association for the Education of Young Children has renewed its accreditation, Director Judy Metzger announced.

The national accrediting organization uses ten standards and more than 400 criteria to determine whether an early care and education program deserves accreditation. The Campus Community Children’s Center (CCCC) meets these standards, indicating the program is safe and secure, its staff members are well trained, and the curriculum taught is challenging and developmentally sound. The program is for children from eight weeks through 5 years-old.

The Campus and Community Children’s Center is housed in a self-contained, $4.6 million facility which opened its doors in August 2010. The state-of-the-art facility includes a small indoor gymnasium, two infant rooms, two multi-age rooms, a toddler room, three observation rooms, administrative offices, a teacher planning room, kitchen, and a group meeting area for music and other activities. Along with an outdoor playground, the center has a parking area with a drop-off and pick-up point for parents, and numerous safety and security features.

In addition to the early care program, the CCCC also serves families through its Universal Pre-Kindergarten extension program and its before and after school programs for children between 5 and 12 years-old.

The center's programs run during holiday breaks, and through the summer in the form of camps for children. Currently, more than 200 children are enrolled in programs led by 25 full-time and several part-time teachers.

The College of Education at SUNY Fredonia partners with the center to provide undergraduates with opportunities to observe classrooms that are models of quality education for children.

For more than 80 years, the National Association for the Education of Young Children has worked to raise the quality of programs for children from birth through age eight by establishing national standards of quality and systems of accreditation. 

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