The Children’s Discovery Center
at Laramie County Community College isn’t kidding around. In achieving accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the center didn’t simply pass its tests – it aced them.
The CDC met all required criteria for accreditation, and it received a 100 percent score and “commendations” on six of 10 program standards. It also met or exceeded criteria for the remaining four program standards.
Carrie Westling, Stephanie Fisher and the entire CDC staff worked hard to earn the accreditation, but Westling says it was just business as usual.
“The accreditation process gave us some guidance and ideas about how to run the center better, but we didn’t do anything extra for the accreditation,” she said. “We earned it by doing what we do best – teaching and caring for young children.”
The accreditation is valid for four years. Westling says the hardest part of the process was compiling the paperwork. Because the center now has all the information in files at its fingertips, Westling says the staff should be in an even better position to retain the distinction when the renewal process comes around in 2014.
Westling says she sought assistance from a number of people outside the center. Michelle St. Peters of Stride Early Learning was a great help, she says, as were LCCC President Dr. Darrel Hammon, Vice President of Finance Carol Hoglund, Physical Plant Director Tim Macnamara, Education Instructor Scott Moncrief, Contracting and Procurement Director Jerry Harris and the entire LCCC campus community.
The National Association for the Education of Young Children is nationally recognized as the premier accrediting agency for early childhood development.