The St. Ambrose University Children's Campus has earned a full, five-year accreditation through the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), which represents the mark of quality in early childhood education. To achieve NAEYC accreditation, early childhood education programs are voluntarily measured against the NAEYC Early Childhood Program Standards.
Over 7,000 child care programs, preschools, early learning centers, and other center- or school-based early childhood education programs are currently accredited by the NAEYC. Learn more at the NAEYC web site: www.naeyc.org
Additionally, the Children's Campus was awarded a Level 5 Iowa Quality Rating, a voluntary child care rating system for child development homes, licensed child care centers and preschools, and child care programs.
Iowa child care centers seeking a Quality Rating from the Iowa Department of Human Services must go through an Environment Rating Scale (ERS) training, self-assessments, improvement plans, and program assessments. The rating scales - shown to be valid and reliable - assess child care program quality and are used in many Quality Rating Systems throughout the United States.
The third accolade for the Children's Campus is its Nature Explore Outdoor Classroom certification that was earned in Fall 2009. It's a high distinction awarded by the Arbor Day Foundation, and the Children's Campus is only one of three classrooms in Iowa.
Certification is awarded to schools and organizations that have committed to providing outdoor classrooms and comprehensive programming to help children use the natural world as an integral part of learning. More information about Nature Explore Classrooms can be found at http://www.arborday.org/explore/classroom/certify.cfm.
For more information, contact Children's Campus director Deb Brownson at 563/324-2312.