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NAEYC Accreditation Self-Study

  • 1.  NAEYC Accreditation Self-Study

    Posted 01-19-2020 10:06 PM
    Our center is actively working towards accreditation this year and we need support and sounding boards to bounce ideas off of. We'd really like to be able to share resources and exchange ideas about what is good evidence for a Site Visit. We need to work on programmatic changes like strategic planning and a program-wide professional development plan among other things. I was really hoping this could become an Interest Forum that people, on the same quest, could come to at anytime in the future and see what has worked for others recently. Looking forward to being a part of a community of leaders striving to take their programs to the highest levels!

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    Amy Gottschamer
    Executive Director
    Googols of Learning Child Development Center
    Lawrence KS
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  • 2.  RE: NAEYC Accreditation Self-Study

    Posted 01-21-2020 09:19 AM
    I would love this! We are about 2 hours (give or take) from our closest NAEYC accredited program, so visiting and communicating is rough.

    Also -- I wish that there was a way to have AFP's for programs that are in affiliate areas without an active AFP. From what I've heard, they are tremendous resources during the accreditation process.

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    Toni Dickerson

    "Children are not things to be molded, but people to be unfolded." - Jess Lair
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  • 3.  RE: NAEYC Accreditation Self-Study

    Posted 01-22-2020 01:54 AM
    Hello Accreditation Friends,
    I would love to share advise and helpful tips, especially Sources of Evidence (SOE's).  It may have been problematic, but I appreciated certain things about the old TORCH, like good tips on SOE's or rationales directly related to the particular standard or criteria.

    Always remember NAEYC Accreditation makes your center, staff, and you better and wants you to win!

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    Vonetta Rhodes
    Educator/Trainer/Consultant
    NCCC Child Development Center
    Buffalo NY
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  • 4.  RE: NAEYC Accreditation Self-Study

    Posted 29 days ago
    Hello Amy,

    I like the idea of sharing resources/strategies regarding NAEYC Accreditation. In fact, in my current role, I support a group of child care Directors that are either pursuing Accreditation or are going through the Re-Accreditation process. This "co-hort" of sort is what we (my project) call NAEYC Accreditation Network. The Directors I work with have found it helpful and we recently had one of our centers successfully become Re- Accredited!!! In addition, I have two other Directors that are now withing their six month window (I actually have a meeting with them tomorrow) I know Standard 6 and Standard 10 can be a little intimidating...but I LOVE Program Design and Management...I'm happy to connect and share.

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    Yolanda C Franklin
    Infant Toddler Professional Facilitator
    Collaborative for Children
    United Way Bright Beginnings
    Houston, TX
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  • 5.  RE: NAEYC Accreditation Self-Study

    Posted 29 days ago
    Dear Toni, Yolanda, and Vonetta,
    I'm so glad to hear you all are interested in working together to help us all reach higher levels with our programs! I'm excited to share and work with you all. Is there anything particular someone wants to work on? Right now we are working on a new Program Professional Development Plan.

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    Amy Gottschamer
    Executive Director
    Googols of Learning Child Development Center
    Lawrence KS
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  • 6.  RE: NAEYC Accreditation Self-Study

    Posted 29 days ago
    I'm happy to share the PPDP that we developed. Currently, I'm traveling...but when I make it home, I'll send and you can decide what you think. As I mentioned, I have a meeting scheduled tomorrow with the co-hort I'm working with and we're actually discussing the strategic plan and annual program evaluation and how that would look. The Directors I work with come from varying backgrounds...some are located in Independent School Districts, Non Profits, or are privately owned. I've developed the structure (strategic plan; annual assessment), however...it will look a little different in each program...but this is my current focus right now. Other thoughts????

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    Yolanda C Franklin
    Infant Toddler Professional Facilitator
    Collaborative for Children
    United Way Bright Beginnings
    Houston, TX
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  • 7.  RE: NAEYC Accreditation Self-Study

    Posted 29 days ago
    Sounds good to me! I've gathered a couple of samples plus the NAEYC PPDP online, but like you said, some parts work well for our setting and some not as much. We are a privately owned community-based child care center with about 100 children and 34 teachers and licensing through the state Dept of Health and Environment.

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    Amy Gottschamer
    Executive Director
    Googols of Learning Child Development Center
    Lawrence KS
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  • 8.  RE: NAEYC Accreditation Self-Study

    Posted 28 days ago
    Our center just kicked off its journey to accreditation. I would like to be part of the discussion group and share resources, questions and make comments. I wish all of us well and that we have successful accreditation visits. When are your programs anticipating your "visit window"? We are hoping for mid-to-late summer 2020. Look forward to hearing from you.

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    Julie Dey
    Administrative Assistant
    University of Wisconsin - Oskosh
    Children's Learning and Care Center
    Oshkosh, WI 54901
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  • 9.  RE: NAEYC Accreditation Self-Study

    Posted 28 days ago
    I wonder if we'd all be able to make a Facebook group to chat in more "real time" if that makes sense? We can add people as we go along, and share files, etc.

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    Toni Dickerson

    "Children are not things to be molded, but people to be unfolded." - Jess Lair
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  • 10.  RE: NAEYC Accreditation Self-Study

    Posted 28 days ago
    Welcome Julie! And Toni, yes! I was thinking the same thing. My only concern with Facebook, is not everyone is on it. It may not be as fancy, but maybe we could start a Google group? That way we'd also have everyone's emails to communicate by. Or there may be some other option. What do you all think?

    The only other drawback is then we're pulling the conversation off of Hello and others who come along later won't know where to find us. I wish there was a way with Hello that we could keep our thread in one place, but allow people to veer off in focused directions if they wanted to have pointed conversations on different topics such as classroom environment, strategic plan, policies, etc. Maybe Lark Sontag at NAEYC can help us? Could this be a separate Interest Group, then people could create individual threads under that interest group and people could go to whatever thread topic they were working on at the time?

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    Amy Gottschamer
    Executive Director
    Googols of Learning Child Development Center
    Lawrence KS
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  • 11.  RE: NAEYC Accreditation Self-Study

    Posted 28 days ago
    Yes to all the above! I love it!! As an interest forum are you able to upload documents? I believe so, but not 100% sure. @Lark Sontag is this something we could make happen? ​​

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    Toni Dickerson

    "Children are not things to be molded, but people to be unfolded." - Jess Lair
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  • 12.  RE: NAEYC Accreditation Self-Study

    Posted 28 days ago
    Also, if having a separate Interest Group requires a volunteer coordinator, I'd be happy to talk about that with @Lark Sontag.

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    Amy Gottschamer
    Executive Director
    Googols of Learning Child Development Center
    Lawrence KS
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  • 13.  RE: NAEYC Accreditation Self-Study

    Posted 8 days ago
    Hi All,
    I've spoken with Lark and April and we think the best way to proceed would be to create an Interest Forum. It can be set up so people can add resources and share ideas. I'm trying to think how it would be most effective to meet everyone's needs. For example, if we set up threads to organize it by, it would make sense to break it into Stages 1, 2, 3, & 4. We'll all have different needs at each step of the accreditation or reaccreditation processes. I'm also thinking when you're in Self-Study, it might also be helpful to break it down by Standard, so you have a general idea where to look for the information you need. What do you all think? You'd have to sign up to be a member of the interest group, but of course everyone would be welcome. Any thoughts, comments, or concerns?

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    Amy Gottschamer
    Executive Director
    Googols of Learning Child Development Center
    Lawrence KS
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  • 14.  RE: NAEYC Accreditation Self-Study

    Posted 7 days ago
    I think that is brilliant! I especially love the set up

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    Toni Dickerson

    "Children are not things to be molded, but people to be unfolded." - Jess Lair
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