The Hartnell College Child Development Centers have been accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the nation's leading organization of early childhood professionals.
Both facilities - located at the college's main campus (411 Central Ave.) and at Hartnell's East Campus (1752 E. Alisal St). - will celebrate the accreditation as well as the Week of the Young Child at a special open house on Saturday, April 24, from 1-4 p.m.
"We're proud to be accredited by NAEYC, and recognized for our commitment to reaching the highest professional standards," said Linda Taylor, director of Hartnell's child care development centers. "Accreditation lets families in our community know that children in our programs are getting the best care and early learning experiences."
Taylor explained that the facility on the main campus was reaccredited, and the new facility at Hartnell's east campus was accredited for the first time.
The child development centers at Hartnell provide free preschool for up to 180 children per year. The three-hour-per-day programs provide three and four year old children an enriching curriculum based on State Department of Education's pre-kindergarten learning and development guidelines.
Commenting on the accreditation, Mark Ginsberg, executive director of NAEYC, said, "By earning accreditation, the child development centers at Hartnell College have become leaders in a national effort to raise the quality of early childhood education, and to help give all children a better start."
NAEYC created its accreditation program in 1985 to set professional standards for early childhood education, and to help families identify high-quality child care and early education programs.
For more information, call Linda Taylor at (831) 755-6946.