The Children’s Center at Caltech (CCC) has earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)—the world’s largest organization working on behalf of young children.
NAEYC Accreditation is a rigorous and transformative quality-improvement system that uses a set of 10 research-based standards to collaborate with early education programs to recognize and drive quality-improvement in high-quality early learning environments.
To earn NAEYC Accreditation, the CCC went through an extensive self-study and quality-improvement process, followed by an on-site visit by NAEYC Assessors to verify and ensure that the program met each of the ten program standards, and hundreds of corresponding individual criteria. NAEYC-accredited programs are always prepared for unannounced quality-assurance visits during their accreditation term, which lasts for five years.
In the 30 years since NAEYC Accreditation was established, it has become a widely recognized sign of high-quality early childhood education. More than 7,000 programs are currently accredited by NAEYC—less than 10 percent of all child care centers, preschools, and kindergartens nationally achieve this recognition.
“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 the CCC an exemplar of good practice for families and the entire community.”
For more information about NAEYC Accreditation, visit the NAEYC website.
As you may already know, we are hosting our annual Early Childhood STEM (ECSTEM) conference next week on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 3-4. (See http://www.ecstem.org for more info.)
This conference draws experts in STEM education from all over the country. The presenters are at the top of their respective fields, and the CCC teachers are no exception. Our teachers are an integral part of our planning process for the ECSTEM Conference. They work throughout the year to create detailed PowerPoint presentations about our curriculum. These are used for training and presentations at the conference as well. We are proud that in addition to several of our lead teachers presenting, other teachers are volunteering to co-present to strengthen their presence in early childhood STEM education.
This year our teacher presenters include:
・ Monica Dolan and Vien-Vi Le – “STEM Environments” (Friday, 10:30 am)
・ Dayita Datta – “Sing, song, bounce, and jump” (Friday, 1 pm)
・ Olivia Garcia and Gretchen Kammerer – “Understanding Change and Growth Over Time” (Saturday 10:30 am)
・ Dayita Datta – “Sing, Play and Dance Creative and Improvised Patterns by Exploring Math in Music” (Saturday 1 pm)
・ Olivia Garcia and Daniela Perez – “Sewing, Weaving and Patterning” (Saturday, 1 pm)
・ Amanda Lawson and Angeline Picasso – “Variation: Constructing Knowledge about the World Around Us” (Saturday, 1 pm)
・ Peggy Ashbrook and Evelyn Sussman – Utilizing Free Resources” (Saturday, 3 pm)
・ Retha Jones and Vanessa Guerra – “Light and Sound with Toddlers” (Saturday, 3 pm)
・ Janet Nunez and Ingrid Ellegaard-Hansen – “Systems and Interactions in our Community” (Saturday, 3 pm)
We will also have parent presenters who support our research and STEM education:
・ Konstantin Batygin will be our Keynote Speaker on Friday at 8:30 am.
・ James Maloney and Julius Su will present “Inclined to Lend a Hand: Explaining and Visualizing STEM Concepts from The Little Engine that Could with American Sign Language (ASL)” on Saturday at 3 pm.
We would like to extend an invitation to all CCC parents to attend part or all of the conference. Registration is free for parents, but we do require that you register with us ahead of time. If you would like to attend, please send an e-mail or speak to Seadra no later than 5:30 pm next Tuesday, Jan. 31.
The CCC Staff and Board of Trustees
Last Friday we had a very successful and inspiring Staff Retreat. We wanted to extend our gratitude to all our families for this time together which allowed us to give thanks to each other and appreciate the unique, diverse, and wonderful community we create, live in, and serve daily.
To facilitate portions of our day, we had three of our CCC family members support: board member Jim Franke, Raccoon and Alumni parent Patricia Wong, and Raccoon Room Parent Rachel Schacht. Jim led us through a fantastic brainstorming session for the beginning stages of developing our new mission statement (more of this to follow). Patricia guided us through a team building cooking exercise! And, with Rachel’s support, the afternoon was spent at the Huntington, where we were inspired by their mission integrating art, literature, and botanical gardens.
We are so grateful to have had this time together. Thank you, from all of us at the CCC!