CONGRATULATIONS DIAMOND STREET EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER!!!!!!
Official press release...
Diamond Street Early Childhood Center EARNS NATIONAL NAEYC ACCREDITATION
Program among the top in the nation by earning accreditation
Akron, PA – Diamond Street Early Childhood Center (DSECC) located in Akron has earned 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 June Hershberger, Executive Director of DSECC “NAEYC Accreditation lets families in our community know that children in our program are getting the best care and early learning experiences possible. DSECC teachers are educated in child development and have many years of experience. I see NAEYC accreditation as recognition of the high quality work teachers have always done at DSECC.” DSECC serves around 150 children, from infants through school-age children at two locations in Akron.
To earn NAEYC Accreditation, DSECC went through an extensive self-study process, measuring the program and its services against the ten 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 ten program standards. NAEYC-accredited programs are also subject to unannounced visits during their accreditation, which lasts for five years.
In the 25 years since NAEYC Accreditation was established, it has become a widely recognized sign of high-quality early childhood education. More than 7,000 programs are currently accredited by NAEYC – approximately 8 percent of all preschools and other early childhood programs.
“The NAEYC Accreditation system raises the bar for child care centers and other early childhood programs,” said Jerlean E. Daniel, Ph.D, executive director of NAEYC. “Having earned NAEYC Accreditation is a sign that Diamond Street is a leader in a national effort to invest in high-quality early childhood education.”
The NAEYC Accreditation system has set voluntary professional standards for programs for young children since 1985. In September 2006, the Association revised program standards and criteria to introduce a new level of quality, accountability, and service for parents and children in child care programs. 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 preschools, child care centers and other early education programs. To earn NAEYC Accreditation, a program must meet each of the ten NAEYC Early Childhood Program Standards. Programs are accredited by NAEYC for a five-year period.
For more information about NAEYC Accreditation, visit www.naeyc.org. For more information on DSECC programs call 859-1686.
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Nov. 19 - The Five Love Languages of Children
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Jan. 21 - Bully Proof Your Child
Feb. 18 - Communicate Effectively With Anyone
March 18 - Is Anyone Listening?
April 15 - Say What You Mean and Mean What You Say
May 20 - Building Emotional Intelligence In Children
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Diamond Street is a high quality early childhood learning center located in Akron, PA. Diamond Street staff strive to provide loving care and fun learning opportunities every day for the children in our community. We participate in the Keystone STARS quality initiative program, and have earned the highest rating through Keystone Stars: STAR 4. Here at Diamond Street we have a program for every age from 8 weeks-6th grade. We also offer scholarships to eligible families.
To get more information or to visit our center please call 717-859-4272.
We have many programs for all ages and offer financial assistance through scholarships. Please click on a program below to learn more about it.
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We are a high quality educational early childhood center with 4 distinct programs:
We are located in Akron, but serve families who live or work in the Akron, Ephrata, Brownstown area. We are the only DPW licensed center in Akron. We are a Keystone STAR 4 center, the highest quality rating given by the state. We serve families of all income levels by accepting private tuition, CCIS subsidy, and offering scholarships for income-eligible families.