For Immediate Release
CONTACT Janet Eaton
805-683-6381 ext 112 [email protected]
April 28, 2015--Santa Barbara Following a thorough evaluation and assessment process, St. Vincent’s has distinguished its Early Childhood Education Center with full accreditation from The National Association for Education of Young Children (naeyc.org). Since 1985, NAEYC's voluntary system has empowered schools and programs to provide the best learning experiences for young children and their educators by meeting national standards of quality.
“We are so pleased to align our preschool with the NAEYC standards,” said Sister Margaret Keaveney, D.C. President and CEO of St. Vincent’s. “Parents considering early childhood education can easily become overwhelmed trying to find a quality program. NAEYC accreditation makes the search less stressful for moms and dads, and helps them feel confident in their decision.”
NAEYC definesnine rigorous national standards on education, health and safety. Each is an essential element that combines to provide a definition of quality for child care, preschools, and kindergarten programs. Spanning nearly two years and addressing each of the nine standards, the comprehensive review of theEarly Childhood Education Center included numerous site visits, reports, questionnaires and interviews with parents and staff, as well as children.
“We value children’s individual differences and respond to their particular needs,” Sister Keaveney added. “Advancing a healthy, positive sense of self is the foundation for future growth and essential for becoming a self-motivated, independent learner.”
Opening in 1999, St. Vincent's Early Childhood Education Center is a licensed, Catholic preschool that accepts children of all faiths from six weeks through kindergarten. In 2014 the school doubled in size and is now licensed to teach and care for 107 children.
St. Vincent's is dedicated to strengthening low-income families and children through programs rooted in the Social Teachings of the Catholic Church. Originally established as an orphanage and English-speaking school in 1858, St. Vincent’s is the longest continually running social service organization in Santa Barbara County. Its mission remains faithful to the charism of the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul, and today serves residents of the Central Coast by providing affordable housing, early childhood education, and family enrichment opportunities.