CSDC Receives Re-Accreditation

CSDC Receives Re-Accreditation

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

UNH’s Child Study and Development Center has received re-accreditation through the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the world’s largest professional organization focused on early childhood education. The accreditation, which the CSDC has held since 1999, places the UNH laboratory school in select company: Just 5 percent of early childhood programs in New Hampshire and 8 percent nationally carry this accreditation. 

“Accreditation is a way for families to know that we are a high quality center that follows best practice and can be trusted to be part of children’s lives. The process enables us to stay abreast of the latest standards in the field from health to cultural relevancy,” says center executive director John Nimmo, who is an associate professor of family studies. “As a lab school we also take seriously our role in providing a living and learning example to UNH students of a center seeking excellence in early education and mentoring the next generation of teachers.” 

After nearly 18 months of preparation, the CSDC sailed through the review with flying colors, receiving commendations in 9 of the 10 accreditation standards for meeting 100 percent or more of the criteria rated in those areas. “Getting over 100 percent means we also met emerging criteria that are viewed as cutting edge and not yet expected of the field,” Nimmo explains.  

The CSDC is the nationally recognized laboratory school program of the family studies department, serving 122 children and their families, with support from the College of Health and Human Services. For more information, visit www.csdc.unh.edu. The center is currently taking applications for the annual admissions lottery until March 1st.