District Preschool Program Earns National NAEYC Re-Accreditation
Posted on 11/03/2023
The Plainville Community Schools Preschool Program has earned re-accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), according to Superintendent of Schools, Brian Reas.

NAEYC Accreditation is a rigorous and transformative quality-improvement system that uses a set of ten research-based standards to collaborate with early education programs to recognize and drive quality-improvement in high-quality early learning environments. “We are very proud to be able to provide a high quality, developmentally appropriate, and fully inclusive preschool program for all children in Plainville to prepare them for kindergarten. It has also been so valuable to build collaborative relationships with the families of our youngest learners through their participation in our NAEYC Accredited preschool program,” explained Director of Special Services, Vicki Trzcinski.

To earn NAEYC Accreditation, the Plainville Community Schools Preschool Program staff completed 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 6,000 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 have committed to a process that takes time, energy and dedication to complete,” states Senior Director Early Learning Program Accreditation, Alissa Mwenelupembe. “The Plainville Community Schools Preschool Program has demonstrated their commitment to young children and their families.”

"NAEYC Accreditation is a wonderful external validation of the quality of our programs and the result of the many hours of hard work of our dedicated early childhood team," said Superintendent of Schools, Brian Reas.