St. Peter’s School Earns NAEYC Accreditation

St. Peter's School Kindergarten student, Rhett McCoy, leads his classmates at the daily reading chart.

St. Peter’s School in Kerrville has earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the Nation’s leading organization of early childhood professionals. This recognition puts St. Peter’s School among the top early childhood education centers in the country.

“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 Janet Boutin, School Director. “NAEYC accreditation lets families in our community know that children in our program are getting the best care and early learning experiences possible.”

The school has maintained NAEYC Accreditation since 1989.

“To earn NAEYC Accreditation, our staff went through an extensive self-study process, measuring our program and its services against the 10 NAEYC Early Childhood Standards and more than 400 related accreditation criteria,” Boutin said. “Our school program received NAEYC re-accreditation after a three day site visit by NAEYC assessors. NAEYC accredited programs, like ours, are subject to unannounced visits during accreditation, which last five years.”

In the 28 years since NAEYC Accreditation was established, it has become the most widely recognized sign of high-quality early childhood education. Almost 8,000 programs, serving 1 million young children, currently are accredited by NAEYC – approximately 8 percent of all preschools and other early childhood programs.

“The 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. “St. Peter’s School’s NAEYC Accreditation is a sign that they are 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. In September 2008, the association revised program standards and criteria to introduce a new level of quality, accountability and service for parents and children in child care program. The new standards today 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.

The NAEYC Accreditation system was created to set professional standards for early childhood education and to help families identify high-quality preschool, child care centers and other early education programs.

To learn more about St. Peter’s School and NAEYC, visit their websites at www.stpeterskerrivlle.com or www.naeyc.org.

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