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Tracy Young                                                                                                                  June 23, 2004
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
(Phone:  321/867-2468)

KSC Release No. 46-04

Child Development Center Earns National Accreditation

The Child Development Center at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Fla., is recognized with accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the nation's leading organization of early childhood professionals.

The center provides safe, quality child care in a stimulating environment in which children can develop mentally, physically, socially and emotionally. Child care services are available to all KSC civil service and on-site contractor employees.

"We're proud to be accredited by the NAEYC and recognized for our commitment to reaching the highest professional standards," said Noelle Bee, Child Development Center administrator. "NAEYC accreditation lets families in our community know that children in our program are getting the best care and early learning experiences."

NAEYC created its accreditation program in 1985 to set professional standards for early childhood education, and to help families identify high-quality child care and early education programs. To earn NAEYC's accreditation, a program conducts a self-study to determine how well it meets the standards.

After necessary improvements are made, the program is observed by independent, professional validators and then reviewed by a national panel. Programs are accredited for a five-year period.


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