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Child center earns reaccreditation

Friday, September 26, 2014

St. Cloud State University’s Lindgren Child Care Center has been reaccredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) for the next five years.

The Lindgren Child Care Center is one of 344 NAEYC-accredited programs in Minnesota, and is the only independent program in St. Cloud that holds this accredited status. The center is an early care and education that provides infant, toddler and preschool aged care to the children of St. Cloud State students.

“The administration, teaching staff and families of Lindgren Child Care Center are all to be congratulated for continuing to uphold the mark of quality represented by the NAEYC Accreditation system,” the NAEYC wrote in a letter to the center.

NAEYC-accredited programs show their quality by meeting the early childhood programs standards which are based on the latest research on the education and development of young children.

“Accreditation is one of the hallmark measures of excellence in higher education overall,” said Debra Carlson, director of the center. “To be one of the nationally accredited student services in the Division of Student Life and Development speaks to the excellence to which we all strive in providing the best possible support to students as they pursue their higher education.”

With the reaccreditation, the center continues to improve for the future.

“Our outdoor environment is the aspect of our program environment we are always improving,” Carlson said. “We see first-hand the powerful transformation of bodies, minds and spirits when connections with nature are possible.”

The Lindgren Child Care Center first accredited by the NAEYC in 1996 and has maintained its status for 18 years.

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