Secaucus Kiddie Academy earns national accreditation

The quality of education and childcare was assessed

Secaucus childcare facility gets national accreditation.
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Secaucus childcare facility gets national accreditation.

Kiddie Academy of Secaucus recently received national accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the nation’s leading organization of early childhood professionals.

Less than 10 percent of all childcare centers, preschools, and kindergartens nationally achieve this recognition.

Kiddie Academy offers educational childcare that provides days filled with instruction and fun, education and family-style dining, the key elements of its Life Essentials educational philosophy.

The facility incorporates a secure entry system and parental access to a webcam so they can check on their children throughout the day.

Kiddie Academy Domestic Franchising is based in Maryland and has 218 open academies in 27 states, including the District of Columbia.

“Here at Kiddie Academy we always aspire to achieve the highest educational standards,” said Richard Peterson, vice president of Education at Kiddie Academy. “Achieving NAEYC accreditation is a proud moment for us, as we can now highlight the fact that this location is operating against the organization’s high standards in early childhood education to offer parents unparalleled education and care.”

Meeting high standards

To earn the accreditation, which is awarded for five years, Kiddie Academy of Secaucus completed an extensive self-study process, measuring the program and its services against more than 400 related accreditation criteria and a set of 10 research-based early childhood program standards.

The recognition comes from the nation’s leading organization of early childhood professionals and less than 10 percent of all childcare centers, preschools, and kindergartens nationally achieve this recognition, according to the release issued by the accademy.

“To earn it, which is awarded for five years, Kiddie Academy of Secaucus completed an extensive self-study process,” the release said, “measuring the program and its services against more than 400 related accreditation criteria and a set of 10 research-based early childhood program standards.”

For more than 25 years, families have relied on NAEYC Accreditation to assess the quality of education and care provided in programs for young children. NAEYC sets research-based standards and provides resources to improve early childhood program quality and enhance the professional development and working conditions of program staff.

The standards were created with input from experts and educators from around the country and developed to raise the quality of education for children from birth through age eight, while defining what NAEYC believes all early childhood programs should provide.

Developing young minds

“High-quality early childhood education is directly linked to better cognitive function and language development,” Peterson said. “This accreditation process is a powerful tool to set benchmarks for educational excellence and improving program quality.”

Since 1981, Kiddie Academy has been serving families and their children ages 6 weeks to 12 years in education-based childcare. The company offers full- time care, kindergarten, before-and-after-school care, and summer camp programs.

Kiddie Academy’s proprietary Life Essentials curriculum, supporting programs, methods, activities and techniques aim to help prepare children for school and for life. Kiddie Academy uses the globally-recognized “AdvancEd” accreditation system, signifying its commitment to quality education and the highest standards in childcare. For more information, visit www.kiddieacademy.com.

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