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Seminole State's childcare program first in state to receive prestigious accreditation

Boca Beth and Seminole State College student

The Early Childhood Education Program at Seminole State College of Florida is the first in Florida to achieve national accreditation from a leading association.

Seminole State has received accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the leading membership association for those working with and on behalf of children from birth through age 8.

The NAEYC Academy sets and monitors standards for high-quality early childhood education programs and accredits programs that meet these standards. Among the strengths the NAEYC cited in reviewing Seminole State's programs were "faculty who are passionate, knowledgeable and diverse in their early childhood experiences."

"We're thrilled to receive this recognition of our program," says Nana Robertson, program manager for Early Childhood Education. "NAEYC accreditation gives our students confidence that our program has gone through very close scrutiny by outside reviewers, and that they're receiving the best preparation to work with young children."

The process included extensive self-study, submission of a self-study report and a site visit conducted by a peer review team.

Seminole State's Early Childhood Education Program provides students with a diverse educational foundation leading to an Associate in Science Degree in Early Childhood Education or in Early Childhood Management. The program also prepares students for certification as childcare center managers, early intervention specialists and preschool specialists.