Knowledge Universe, today announced it has achieved a major milestone with 900 centers now nationally accredited.
This week the KinderCare Learning Center in Sleepy Hollow, Illinois, became the 900th center in the Knowledge Universe family of brands to achieve accreditation through the National Association for Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
Knowledge Universe, announced earlier this year its intent to achieve 100 percent accreditation for its 1,500 eligible early learning centers.
“We know that our high-quality programs are the best places for young children to learn and develop, which is why we made a company-wide commitment to demonstrate that our centers live up to the highest professional standards in the industry,” said Dr. Elanna Yalow, CEO of Knowledge Universe Early Learning Programs. “National accreditation is a reflection of high quality, and our commitment to 100 percent accreditation demonstrates to families and policy makers that we are the national leader in early childhood education.”
Research shows that children who attend high-quality early childhood programs demonstrate improved social and interpersonal skills, as well as improved school-readiness skills such as literacy and numeracy. The long-term benefits of high-quality early childhood education are also well documented, including higher rates of high school completion, employment, and improved health benefits.
“National accreditation positively impacts our communities by improving teacher retention, family engagement, school readiness, and overall center performance,” said Kathie Boe, vice president of Quality and Accreditation.
The accreditation process, among other standards, promotes advancement of children’s learning and development through positive relationships, curriculum, teaching, and health, and the qualifications, knowledge, and professional commitment of a program’s teaching staff.