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Preschool earns national accreditation.

April 19, 2012 12:00AM

The Pittsburg State University Early Childhood Preschool Lab has earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), university officials announced this week.

“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.

The accreditation lasts for five years, Tankersley said, and during that time the preschool is subject to unannounced visits by NAEYC officials.

More than 7,000 programs across the U.S. are accredited by the NAEYC, which is approximately 8 percent of all preschools and other early childhood programs.

For more information about the NAEYC, visit

For more about the PSU Early Childhood Preschool Lab, call Amber Tankersley at 620-235-4460.

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