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(Neb)-CSC Child Development Center Wins Reaccreditation

By: John Axtell Posted at: 04/04/2018 11:36 PM
CHADRON -  The Child Development Center at Chadron State College has been reaccredited for the 7th time since 1990. A team from the National Association for the Education of Young Children completed a site visit in January as part of the five-year reaccreditation process.

     Center Director Lona Downs says reaccreditation is an endorsement by the National Association of the center, its programs, and its staff because the criterion includes leadership and management, health, relationships, curriculum, assessment of child progress, health, community relationships, and physical environment.

     Downs says reaccreditation is an on-going process with the Child Development Center submitting annual reports describing how it maintains a high quality program and works to meet and improve upon each criterion.

      The reports include surveys done every spring by both families and staff that provide feedback to help set goals for the next year, celebrate accomplishments, and focus on areas for improvement. Downs says that's why reaccreditation reflects positively on the families, children, and staff

    Lead teacher Kevin Bogus, who is leaving at the end of the school year to enter the ministry, says having an accredited classroom shows the Center cares about child development and is committed to high-quality child care and a learning environment.

      He also likes it personally, says being in an accredited program challenges him to continue learning and exploring child development, adding that it also provides college students with "amazing opportunities to learn about child development in a high quality classroom.”

     Chadron State head volleyball coach Riann Mullis, who is finishing her second year, has a child in the center says it's reassuring knowing her child is receiving a high-quality of learning, which leaves her confident her child is more than prepared for the next level of education.


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