WCDC is certified by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the nation’s leading voice for high-quality early childhood education.
NAEYC is a national standards group for early childhood education, with high standards to which WCDC must adhere. NAEYC certification has many more requirements that go beyond what’s required by state licensing—for example, a requirement that 80% of WCDC staff must have at least an associate’s degree in the child development field.
WCDC goes beyond even those requirements with self-imposed high standards. For example, while the state of Michigan requires that one CPR-certified staff member is in the building at all times, WCDC certifies all its staff. WCDC renews first aid and CPR annually for every staff member, because we are committed to providing a safe, educational, nurturing place for kids to be.
NAEYC Accreditation of programs for young children represents the mark of quality in early childhood education. NAEYC Accreditation began in 1985 with the goal of providing an accrediting system that would raise the level of early childhood programs. Today, over 6,500 programs are NAEYC Accredited.
NAEYC-accredited programs invest in early childhood education because they believe in the benefits to children and families. Early childhood experiences—from birth to age 8—have an enormous impact on children’s lifelong learning and positively contribute to their health and development. Early childhood education programs with the mark of quality benefit children with greater readiness for and success in school. It is for this reason that parents and families are seeking out NAEYC-accredited programs. Parents choosing an early childhood education program can be overwhelmed by trying to find the highest-quality program for their child. NAEYC Accreditation is the mark of quality that families are looking for.