Johnston Community College’s Early Childhood Education Program Renews Accreditation

Published: June 20, 2022

Johnston Community College’s Early Childhood Education program has renewed its accreditation with the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s (NAEYC.)

Early childhood professional preparation programs serve a wide range of students and prepare early childhood educators for a variety of early learning settings. Accreditation serves as a mechanism for ensuring a consistent and high level of program quality and alignment to the NAEYC Initial Standards for Early Childhood Professional Preparation Programs while respecting the unique mission and context of each degree program, its host institution, and its community.

To earn and retain accreditation, professional preparation programs must demonstrate that they:

- Meet NAEYC’s Higher Education Accreditation Standards

- Respond to the unique needs of their degree candidates and communities

-Provide intentional learning experiences aligned to the Professional Standards and        Competencies for Early Childhood Educators for their degree candidates to obtain the knowledge and skills needed to be effective

- Continuously assess and reflect on their degree candidates’ performance.

"NAEYC Accreditation of Early Childhood Higher Education Programs is a hallmark of quality assurance for the early childhood preparation profession," said Mary Harrill, Senior Director of Higher Education at NAEYC. "We congratulate all of the programs that have recently achieved accreditation. Their dedication, through the accreditation process, to program improvement, to the students they serve, and to the early learning settings in which their graduates will work is to be commended.”

For more information, visit the NAEYC Early Childhood Higher Education Accreditation system website.

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