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SRU-SGA Child Care Program earns
five-year NAEYC accreditation

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Slippery Rock University Student Government Association Preschool and Child Care Center has been accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children - one of only three such accreditations in Butler County.

The accreditation runs through October 2015. SRU's program, started in 1978, has earned NAEYC accreditation since 1989.

"We are pleased to again receive this endorsement," said Lisa Ringer, director of the program. "We have received continuing five-year accreditation status since our first accreditation was granted. And, this is the first accreditation under NAEYC's new accreditation process."

The new process places greater emphasis on improving quality and reliability of child-care delivered.

The program, housed in McKay Education Building, has 68 children registered.

In addition to Ringer, the SRU program has two, full-time and one part-time, highly qualified teachers, a graduate assistant and 11 student workers who are majoring in either elementary education or special education.

The child care program was implemented by SGA as a way of helping students with children as well as faculty and staff who have pre-school-age children. A recent federal grant helps SRU students with costs related to the program.

Ringer said as part of the accreditation process, a self-study was prepared before accreditation officials visited the site to review procedures.

"They came to verify the documentation. They observed the classroom sessions, looked at materials and supplies and the followed the children's routines as a way of reviewing the program. They looked for indications of quality, such as interaction between the children and the staff, and they looked to see if the facility offered a child-friendly environment," she said.