Peabody Preschool Earns National Accreditation


1/8/2010

The Peabody Preschool has received a 96% accreditation score from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).  This high score is a mark of excellence under this national association’s new and rigorous standards.  These high scores were given on 10 standards that range from curriculum to parent involvement to health and safety. 

The application process, which took a year of preparation, culminated in a site-visit where NAEYC Accreditors toured the classroom, observed teaching and reviewed children’s portfolios.  All Department of Human Service Program Preschools have now obtained this recognition of high quality and all of them scored in the 90th percentile.  This is even more remarkable as many area preschools have not been awarded accreditation under the new standards or have decided against applying for it.

“We are very proud of this latest achievement.  All of our preschools worked very hard to attain this accreditation,” said Ellen Semonoff, Assistant City Manager for Human Services. “The City of Cambridge invests in such early childhood education programs because it understands that early childhood experience – from birth to age 8 – can positively impact children’s healthy development and lifelong learning.”

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