NEW BERN – Craven Community College’s (Craven CC) Early Childhood Education program received accreditation renewal from the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s (NAEYC) Commission on the Accreditation of Early Childhood Higher Education Programs on April 16.
Accreditation is a type of quality assurance process that evaluates services, operations and programs of educational institutions to determine if certain standards are met. If so, the educational institution is granted accredited status. The process establishes professional preparation standards to raise the quality of teacher education and also raises the quality of early childhood education programs serving young children. Early childhood professional preparation programs serve a wide-range of students and prepare early childhood educators for a variety of early learning settings.
“We’re very excited to have received our re-accreditation,” said Dr. Terri Colon, early childhood instructor at Craven CC. “We go through this process once every seven years, with this being our first re-accreditation. It is a huge undertaking and an honor to have received it.”
Founded in 1926, the NAEYC is the largest and most influential advocate for high-quality early care and education in the United States.