A Texas Tech research center has been recognized among the top in the nation and has earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children.
The Christine DeVitt and Helen DeVitt Jones Child Development Research Center conducted an extensive self-study and quality improvement process, followed by visits from NAEYC assessors to verify and ensure the program met all standards.
“NAEYC-accredited programs bring our definitions of excellence for early childhood education to life each day,” said Kristen Johnson, senior director of Early Learning Program Accreditation at NAEYC. “Earning NAEYC accreditation makes Texas Tech University’s Christine DeVitt and Helen DeVitt Jones Child Development Research Center an exemplar of good practice for families and the entire community.”
The NAEYC is the world’s largest organization working on behalf of young children, and its accreditation is a rigorous and transformative quality-improvement system that uses a set of research-based standards to collaborate with early education programs to recognize and drive quality improvement in high-quality early learning environments.
Programs accredited by NAEYC must always be prepared for unannounced quality assurance visits during their accreditiation term, which takes five years.
In the 30 years since NAEYC accreditation was established, it has become a sign of high quality early childhood education. More than 7,000 programs are accredited by NAEYC, but less than 10 percent of all child care centers, preschools and kindergartens in the nation achieve this recognition.