The commitment to accreditation is being felt in Elk Grove, California, where this week the Laguna KinderCare achieved accreditation through the National Accreditation Commission for Early Care and Education Programs (NAC).
The process, which can take about two years, including an onsite visit to audit the performance of the center, is a true test for any center.
Center Director Janis Kimball and her staff worked hard over the past year to improve their program and commit to providing the highest quality care possible for every child. They assessed their classrooms and teachers, surveyed families and staff, and then used the results to focus on key areas for improvement. Of course, to earn accreditation they had to send NAC all the paper work as well, including daily checklists of playground equipment, documentation of orientations, fire department and technical inspections.
It took some time, but Janis says it was a great feeling to reach the achievement. “It’s like a third party endorsement that you’re following higher standards,” she said.
She says parents also take pride in knowing that the center their child attends is rated among the top in the nation.
“It’s rewarding to know what you’re doing is the best you can for children, so it’s a good feeling.”
Between the two districts that serve the Sacramento-Fresno area, eight centers have achieved national accreditation and four others are awaiting decisions from national accreditors.