Speaking to their peers from across the early childhood education industry, Knowledge Universe education leaders today made the case for private providers to seek national accreditation status.
“Not only is accreditation the right path for our programs, but data shows going through the accreditation process benefits children, staff, families, and the bottom line,” said Vice President of Education Linda Hassan Anderson.
Linda, the former senior director of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Academy for Early Childhood Program Accreditation, joined with Knowledge Universe Vice President of Quality and Accreditation Kathie Boe to present to educators a business case for pursing accreditation.
Data released today at the NAEYC annual conference from a national survey of KinderCare Learning Centers shows accredited centers better retained families, had higher occupancy, and increased overall center performance.
“The benefits of accreditation reach far beyond any decal on a door,” Katie said. “Centers that are nationally accredited have proven their commitment to providing high-quality education and care to all children. In addition, the very nature of the accreditation process brings about a higher level of engagement for the families of children who attend these programs. Accreditation is a powerful process that fosters a culture of reflection and continuous improvement.”
KU is in the second year of a partnership with the research firm Gallup to measure a host of factors related to family and employee engagement. In a field known for relatively high turnover, research found accredited centers showed better than average retention rates.
Accredited centers also showed lower teacher turnover rates and longer-serving center directors compared to non-accredited centers.
Tips from the session:
- If you’re on the fence about accreditation, do it.
- Accreditation benefits the entire center community, children, staff and families.
- Accreditation can lead to higher enrollment, better retention.