San Marino Community Church Nursery School remains among a select group of early childhood programs in earning re-accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the nation’s leading organization for early childhood professional standards.
“We are proud of our history achieving accreditation since 1991. We feel it is important for our school to maintain the mark of quality from NAEYC and to go through the re-accreditation process every five years,” said Nancy Swanson, SMCC Nursery School director. “These rigorous standards let families in our community know that the children in our program are getting the best care and early learning experiences possible.”
NAEYC accreditation, considered a mark of quality in early childhood education, involves a lengthy process of self-study, on-site evaluations and intensive reporting to ensure that early childhood programs meet NAEYC’s Early Childhood Program Standards and Accreditation Criteria.
These include standards relating to:
- curriculum, teaching, child assessment and health;
- qualifications and professional commitment of teaching staff;
- relationship building with families and community; and,
- the program’s physical environment and leadership.
The accreditation process must be repeated every five years in order to prove that each program continues to maintain accreditation standards.
During the months leading up to the re-accreditation site visit, faculty at SMCC nursery school devoted much time and energy preparing class portfolios for each of the program’s six classes.
“When teachers go through the NAEYC accreditation process, it requires in-depth self-reflection and analysis,” said Rita Brown, who teaches one of the school’s four year old classes. “We need to be confident that the goals and objectives we present to NAEYC are in line with the curriculum we present to the children in our classes, which we document with photos and children’s work,” continued Brown. “Having our program’s best efforts recognized by this national organization establishes San Marino Community Church Nursery School as an institution that values young children as important and essential members of society.”
San Marino Community Church Nursery School, which is located at 1750 Virginia Road, was founded in 1953. The school offers two-day, three-day and five-day programs for three to five year olds. The nursery school also sponsors a scholarship program that provides full and partial tuition for children who might otherwise not be able to experience nursery school.
Interested parents should contact director Nancy Swanson at (626) 282-4186 to arrange for a tour.