Piper Center Receives Accreditation From National Association

Aug. 17, 2000

Baylor University's Piper Child Development Center was recently granted accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Approximately 7 percent of early childhood programs nationwide have received NAEYC accreditation. Childcare centers run by McLennan Community College and Lakeshore Baptist Church are the only other NAEYC-accredited centers in Waco.

"Accreditation was achieved through the collaborative efforts of parents and staff to evaluate and enhance the quality of care and education we provide young children," said Pam Wilder, director of the Piper Center. "I am pleased to work with such a terrific group of knowledgeable parents and committed educators."

Programs seeking accreditation undergo an intensive self-study and receive an on-site visit conducted by early childhood professionals trained by NAEYC. The collected information is independently reviewed by a team of national experts who grant or defer accreditation. Accreditation is valid for three years.

"The heart of NAEYC accreditation focuses on the child's experience," Wilder said. "The process carefully considers all aspects of a program, including health and safety, staffing and staff qualifications, and physical environment. The greatest emphasis is on the children's relationships with the staff and how the program helps each child grow and learn intellectually, physically, socially and emotionally.

"The center now will proudly display the NAEYC torch -- the sign of NAEYC accreditation. Parents who look for the torch when choosing child care or early education programs for their children will find that the Piper Center has made a commitment to excellence for young children and families," she added.

The Piper Child Development Center is located at 315 Washington Ave. and serves 84 children ranging in age from 2 months to 5 years. Serving all of Waco, the center provides full-day pre kindergarten classes and year round child care.

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