ACC’s Early Childhood Education program earns accreditation

LITTLETON, Colo. (Apr. 4, 2012) – Arapahoe Community College’s Early Childhood Education program has earned accreditation by the NAEYC Commission on Early Childhood Associate Degree Accreditation, as announced by Clayton Early Learning, the Boettcher Foundation and the Colorado Community College System (CCCS).

ACC was one of nine CCCS institutions to earn this accreditation. Each of these schools proved their commitment to quality by meeting the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s standards. Programs are accredited following a rigorous self-study and program-improvement process. A national team of external evaluators validated that each program has demonstrated the ability to meet national Early Childhood Professional Preparation Standards.

Community colleges are the largest provider of Early Childhood Professional Preparation programs in Colorado. In 2011, over 14,000 early childhood professionals attended community college classes to improve their teaching skills. In partnership with the colleges, Clayton Early Learning led – and facilitated – this three-year statewide effort. For this initiative, Clayton gathered ECE faculty from each of the colleges for specific training and development opportunities while providing individualized technical assistance.

For more information, please contact Kristin Habicht, Early Childhood Education Department Chair, at kristin.habicht@arapahoe.edu or 303.797.5924.

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