In August, Community Service Council’s (CSC) Jessica Ruggles, Cynthia Mooney and Collette Sawyer represented Oklahoma at a national training in Washington D.C. on supporting childcare programs through the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s (NAEYC) accreditation process. The NAEYC is a professional membership organization that works to promote high-quality early learning for children from birth through age eight, by connecting early childhood practice, policy and research.
The NAEYC selects Accreditation Facilitation Projects (AFP) nationwide, who are leaders that support the quality improvement efforts of child care centers, preschools and other early learning programs in local communities, as well as at the state level. Additionally, AFPs provide technical assistance, training on the accreditation process and other individually tailored services to child care programs working on NAEYC Accreditation.
Community Service Council houses the only recognized AFPs in Oklahoma, who provide onsite technical assistance and training to the greater Tulsa area and over-the-phone contractual technical assistance to the entire state. There are currently 68 NAEYC accredited programs in Oklahoma with 32 in the project’s catchment area.
“The authors of the Accreditation worked with us to clarify confusing or misunderstood language in the standards, while helping us to learn more about supporting programs through the Accreditation process,” said Cynthia Mooney, Quality Enhancement Specialist for CSC’s Child Care Resource Center. “Through this partnership with NAEYC, we have developed stronger relationships and positioned ourselves to be childcare resources on a national level.”