Accreditation is a well-established mark of quality. While there are some differences in the approach to accreditation, all of the major accrediting organizations require a voluntary and rigorous self-evaluation based on a defined process, provide external evaluation by a group of professionals, foster continuous improvement, and award accreditation only to those centers that demonstrate integrity and quality across multiple factors.
The three primary agencies that evaluate and accredit child care and early education centers in this region are:
- Middle States Commission on Elementary Schools
- National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
Corning Children’s Center currently maintains accreditation from the Middle States Commission. We undertake the extensive process of self-evaluation and welcome peer professionals to review our findings and visit our school because we are committed to offering the finest care and education. The accreditation process forces us to examine ourselves thoughtfully and thoroughly, to assess what we do well and what we could do better, and gives us knowledgeable and impartial feedback from professionals. Our affiliation with Middle States also provides us with multiple learning resources for our staff and easy access to current research on child development, learning, and teaching.
While there is no such thing as a guarantee of 100% quality, we are convinced that the accreditation process is a very valuable tool and a worthy measure of excellence.