GROTON — Groton Community School (GCS) is proud to announce it has earned the honor of national accreditation once again from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
NAEYC Accreditation is a rigorous and transformative process to recognize and drive high-quality in early earning programs and environments.
l"The accreditation process is very demanding and very valuable in examining all of our efforts for children, families, staff and our community. We are incredibly proud to have earned the mark of quality from NAEYC, and to be recognized for reaching the highest professional standards," said Linda Kosinski, GCS director.
Groton Community School's dedication to its mission - to interact with each child as a unique individual and give each child and his/her family the most positive first school experience -- aligns perfectly with accreditation standards. The school's commitment to high quality has been unwavering since its founding in 1945 and initial NAEYC accreditation in 1993. Longevity in the community is just one of the distinguishing characteristics of the school, which prides itself on the longevity, education and experience of its staff and specialized consultants, excellent teacher-child ratios, an outstanding curriculum, language-rich environment, and focus on teaching peace and kindness.
To earn NAEYC Accreditation, Groton Community School went through an extensive self-study process, followed by an on-site visit by NAEYC Assessors to verify and ensure that the program met each of the 10 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 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 Groton Community School an exemplar of good practice for families and the entire community."