The Central Texas College (CTC) Child Development Center was recently reaccredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) – the nation’s leading organization of early childhood professionals. The CTC facility has been open since February 1986 and tends to children ages six months to five years.

In addition to a childcare facility, CTC's Child Development Center serves as an academic and skills training center for students in the Early Childhood Development program. Students have direct experience observing the quality care and education designed to meet the physical, social, emotional and intellectual development of infants to toddlers. It provides local college students with a quality example and lab experience and also serves as a model for the community.

To earn NAEYC accreditation, CTC’s Child Development Center went through an extensive self-study process, measuring the program and its services against the 10 NAEYC early childhood program standards and more than 400 related accreditation criteria. A program must achieve a rating of at least 80 percent for each standard, 70 percent of items assessed during an on-site visit and 10 percent credited for quality improvement through documented self-assessment.

Each criterion is given a raw score which reflects the combined assessment ratings for each source of evidence in each standard. An adjusted score is then created by adding 10 percent to the raw score. CTC not only met those criteria, but scored 100 percent adjusted score on all 10 program standards and were well above the minimum required raw scores– relationships (96 percent), curriculum (98 percent), teaching (100 percent), assessment of child progress (100 percent), health (97 percent), teachers (100 percent), family relationships (100 percent), community relationships (100 percent), physical environment (95 percent) and leadership and management (97 percent).

“We are very proud to have earned reaccreditation from NAEYC and be recognized for our commitment to reaching the highest professional standards,” said Laura Lamper, department chairperson - Early Child Development. “The accreditation lets families in our community know children at our facility are receiving the best possible personal and educational care with highly trained and compassionate teachers who create engaging classrooms, enhance relationships with their parents and families and develop rich experiences for our students.”

The accreditation process is completed every five years and CTC’s accreditation is now valid through February 2025. Nearly 7,000 programs across the country are currently accredited by NAEYC. In September 2006, the association revised its program standards and criteria to introduce a new level of quality, accountability and service for parents and children in child care programs. The new standards today reflect the latest research and best practices in early childhood education and development.