Capital Community College’s Elaine Stewart McKirdy Laboratory School has earned a new accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)—the world’s largest organization working on behalf of young children.
Named the Lab School for the internships it provides to early childhood majors, the two-classroom McKirdy Center was the first child care center for student parents established at Connecticut’s community colleges and has continuously served children under five since 1975. Led by its Director, Suzanne Rocco-Foertsch, the school operates during the academic year week days from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. serving three- and four-year olds at affordable, sliding rates for students, faculty and staff and the community with priority given to students.
In the 30 years since NAEYC Accreditation was established, it has become a widely recognized sign of high-quality early childhood education. More than 7,000 programs are currently accredited by NAEYC—less than 10 percent of all child care centers, preschools, and kindergartens nationally achieve this recognition.
“NAEYC-Accredited programs bring our definitions of excellence for early childhood education to life each day,” said Kristen Johnson, senior director of Early Learning Program Accreditation at NAEYC. “Earning NAEYC Accreditation makes Capital Community College Laboratory School an exemplar of good practice for families and the entire community.”
NAEYC Accreditation is a rigorous and transformative quality-improvement system that uses a set of 10 research-based standards to collaborate with early education programs to recognize and drive quality-improvement in high-quality early learning environments. The Lab School staff is proud to have earned the mark of quality from NAEYC, and to be recognized for their commitment to reaching the highest professional standards.
Safe, affordable child care is beyond the reach of many working parents who are seeking degrees to secure sustainable employment. Expanded, drop-in child care is part of new initiatives to address the challenges Capital students face in balancing work, family and college to complete their studies and pursue careers.
CCC is seeking funding and community support to extend the hours of the center to make short-term child care services possible during day and evening classes. For more information or to support the child care center contact the College Advancement and Foundation office at CA-Foundation@capitalcc.edu or call 860-906-5102. www.capitalcc.edu/Foundation/