CMU's Child Development and Learning Lab receives NAEYC Accreditation

Five-year accreditation achieves proven quality of the lab's educational and developmental services
Child Development and Learning Lab
Central Michigan University’s Child Development and Learning Lab has achieved accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children. The NAEYC’s accreditation is a milestone for the lab, showing a dedication to improving the well-being of all young children, with particular focus on the quality of educational and developmental services for children ages three and four.
 
NAEYC is the world’s largest organization working on behalf of young children with nearly 100,000 professional members. CMU’s Child Development and Learning Lab exceeded the NAEYC accreditation requirements in every category.
 
Margaret Desormes, director of CMU’s Child Development and Learning Lab, says the accreditation speaks to CMU’s commitment to a quality program.
 
“The accreditation is important to CMU because only high quality programs receive this accreditation,” Desormes said. “We want to keep our program accredited by NAEYC so CMU students can experience the best education possible and strive to give high quality experiences for children when they graduate and go out into their educational careers.”
 
CMU's Child Development and Learning Lab is an opportunity for university students to observe, interact with and study children under the supervision of trained early childhood teachers. CMU’s Child Development and Learning Lab offers two different settings:
  • A tuition program for three- or four-year-old children from the community whose parents pay for a preschool session four days a week.
  • A Head Start program, which is a free, federally funded program serving three- to four-year-olds who meet income qualifications, with priority reserved for children of full-time CMU students.
 
The accreditation grants a five-year term of NAEYC Academy for Early Childhood Program Accreditation to CMU’s Child Development and Learning Lab. The accreditation is valid until July 1, 2018.

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