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NSU’s Mailman Segal Institute Earns National NAEYC Accreditation

MSI Among First in Nation to Complete More Rigorous Accreditation Process

FT. LAUDERDALE-DAVIE, Fla. –The Mailman Segal Institute for Early Childhood Studies at Nova Southeastern University (NSU) is one of the first early childhood programs to earn accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) – the nation’s leading organization of early childhood professionals.

Located on the main campus of Nova Southeastern University (NSU) in Davie, the Mailman Segal Institute for Early Childhood Studies (MSI) is a multidisciplinary demonstration and training center for education and research in the fields of early childhood and autism. The institute, housed at the Jim & Jan Moran Family Center Village is home to the Parenting Place, the Family Center Infant & Toddler Program, the Family Center Preschool, and the Baudhuin Preschool.

“We’re proud to have earned the mark of quality from NAEYC, and to be recognized for our commitment to reaching the highest professional standards,” said Roni Leiderman, Dean of MSI.“ NAEYC accreditation lets families in our community know that children in our program are getting the best care and early learning experiences possible.”

To earn NAEYC accreditation in the new system, MSI went through an extensive self-study process, measuring the program and its services against the ten new NAEYC Early Childhood Program Standards and more than 400 related accreditation criteria. The program received the accreditation after an on-site visit by NAEYC assessors which ensured that the program met each of the 10 program standards. NAEYC-accredited programs are also subject to unannounced visits during their accreditation, which lasts for five years.

In the 20 years since NAEYC accreditation was established, it has become a widely recognized sign of high-quality early childhood education.  More than 11,000 programs, serving one million young children, are currently accredited by NAEYC – approximately 8 percent of all preschools and other early childhood programs.

“The new NAEYC accreditation system raises the bar for preschools, child care centers and other early childhood programs,” said Mark Ginsberg, Ph.D., executive director of NAEYC. MSI’s NAEYC accreditation is a sign that they are a leader in a national effort to invest in high-quality early childhood education, and to help give all children a better start.”

The NAEYC accreditation system has set voluntary professional standards for programs for young children since 1985. As of September 2006, the Association’s revised program standards and criteria have introduced a new level of quality, accountability, and service for parents and children in child care programs. The new standards reflect the latest research and best practices in early childhood education and development. NAEYC is committed to utilizing the newest studies and analysis on positive child outcomes to ensure young children continue receiving the highest-quality care and education possible.

The NAEYC accreditation system was created in 1985 to set professional standards for early childhood education, and to help families identify high-quality preschools, child care centers and other early education programs. To earn NAEYC accreditation, a program must meet each of the ten NAEYC Early Childhood Program Standards. Programs are accredited by NAEYC for a five-year period.

Media Contact:
Julie Spechler, NSU Office of Public Affairs
954-262-5348, 954-591-3361, julies@nova.edu

Lourdes Rodriguez-Barrera, NSU Office of Public Affairs
954-262-5209 Office, rodrlour@nova.edu