By Mark Ambrogi
Fishers Roberts Drive KinderCare Learning Center has earned a special honor.
The center, 8750 W. Roberts Dr., has been awarded accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, a leading professional organization for the early childhood education industry. The center serves children from six weeks to 12 years old.
“It’s basically a stamp of approval that your program is a quality program and will meet the development needs of the children from infancy to all the way through the time that they are here with us,” said Kelly Majors, the center’s director. “They come and observe the classrooms to make sure you are doing everything you’re supposed to be doing, that your activities need to be planned and that your activities meet the state standards. So (the children) are developing at the appropriate level, and everything is challenging to them.”
The intensive accreditation process is conducted by an independent third-party organization.
“It’s a huge deal for us to receive NAEYC accreditation,” Majors said.
Majors, who took over the center nearly 10 years ago, said the school applies for the accreditation, and it’s approximately a year-long process.
“You start with a time of self-study where you take all of their materials and you and your team work together to make sure you are meeting all of their standards,” Majors said. “If you are not meeting their standards, what can you do in order to do that? They give you a good chunk of time in order to do that. Throughout that process, you make portfolios for each group. The teachers will collect information on how they are meeting those standards, whether it be through photographs, art projects or description of something a child says. They create that evidence to show (observers).”
Majors said centers are then notified of a two-week window that the school will be visited by the accreditation observer.
“Then you get a phone call the night before to say they’re coming the next day,” Majors said.
During the two-day visit, the observer visited different classrooms to observe how the teachers are interacting with the children and how lessons are being planned out.
The center has been accredited by the National Early Childhood Program Accreditation since 2011.