Earlier this year, the PSU Early Childhood Preschool Lab earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

“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 Amber Tankersley, Ph.D., preschool director and assistant professor in early childhood development. “NAEYC accreditation lets families in our community know that children in our program are getting the best care and early learning experiences possible.”

Tankersley said to earn accreditation, the PSU Preschool went through an extensive self-study that measured the program and its services against the 10 NAEYC early childhood program standards and more than 400 related accreditation criteria. In addition NAEYC assessors visited the preschool to ensure the program met the program standards.

More than 7,000 programs across the U.S. are accredited by the NAEYC, which is approximately eight percent of all preschools and other early childhood programs.