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Collin Lab School Accredited By NAEYC

January 12, 2006 - Collin County Community College District's (Collin) Central Park Campus child development lab school was accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

The McKinney site is the second Collin child development lab school to be accredited after the Spring Creek Campus was given that honor last year.

"We're proud to be accredited by NAEYC, and recognized for our commitment to reaching the highest professional standards," said Holly McCauley, campus director of the Central Park Campus lab school. "NAEYC Accreditation lets families in our community know that children in our program are getting the best care and early learning experiences."

In the 20 years since NAEYC accreditation was established, it has become a benchmark of high quality in early childhood education programs. More than 10,000 programs are currently accredited by NAEYC.

"In recent years, we have seen a growing number of child care and preschool programs earning NAEYC accreditation," said Mark Ginsberg, Ph.D., NAEYC executive director. "By earning accreditation Collin Child Development Lab School has become a leader in a national effort to raise the quality of early childhood education, and to help give all children a better start."

Collin's lab schools are open to the public for child care. In the school, early child development students are given opportunities to observe child care professionals implement theories and practices in the classroom.

The Collin child development program offers an associate of applied science degree, certificates and marketable skills achievement awards.

"Our mission is to provide a safe nurturing early childhood environment where the children can learn from a developmentally appropriate and anti-bias curriculum as well as provide a model lab facility where Collin students can observe and apply knowledge and skills they are learning in the educational, social and health science fields," McCauley said.

To earn NAEYC's accreditation, a program conducts a self-study to determine how well it meets the standards. After improvements are made, the program is observed by independent, professional valuators and then reviewed by the national panel. Programs are accredited by NAEYC for a five-year period.

Parents interested in enrolling their two- to five-year-old child in our school are required to complete a waiting list application.

For more information or to get on the lab school waiting list, call McCauley at 972.548.6852 or by e-mail

Collin County Community College District (Collin) serves more than 40,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs. The only public college in the county, Collin is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and work force development.