Image of DVCDC students and employees.The Del Valle Child Development Center has earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)—the world’s largest organization working on behalf of young children.

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.

“We’re proud to have earned the mark of quality from NAEYC, and to be recognized for our commitment to reaching the highest professional standards,” said Director Scott Wille. “Our mission at the Center is to enrich the lives of the children in our care. We provide a safe, healthy, positive learning environment for our children. Our innovative program focuses on empowering and inspiring children through emotional, social, cognitive, physical and language development. Our Center recognizes and celebrates the diversity of our families and the greater Del Valle community. We are committed to creating responsible citizens that will be productive in a global society.”

To earn NAEYC Accreditation, the Del Valle Child Development Center went through an extensive self-study and quality-improvement process, followed by an on-site visit by NAEYC Assessors to verify and ensure that the program met each of the ten program standards, and hundreds of corresponding individual criteria. NAEYC-accredited programs are always prepared for unannounced quality-assurance visits during their accreditation term, which lasts for five years.

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 childcare 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 the Del Valle Child Development Center an exemplar of good practice for families and the entire community.

For more information about the Child Development Center, please visit www.DVISD.net. If you would like to know about the NAEYC Accreditation, visit www.naeyc.org/academy.