Childcare Center Earns NAEYC Accreditation

OGDEN, Utah – The hourly childcare center offered by Weber State University's Nontraditional Student Programs has earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children – the nation's leading organization of early childhood professionals.

Established in the fall of 2000, the Nontraditional Student Programs hourly childcare serves 30 to 40 children of WSU students each semester. The childcare has a limit of 10 children at a time.

"The hourly childcare option is ideal for student-parents who need less than 20 hours of childcare a week," said Jennifer Grandi, Nontraditional Student Programs coordinator. "The demand is so great we always have a waiting list. Our service may make the difference between students being able to attend college or not."

The Nontraditional Student Programs childcare is the second facility at WSU to receive NAEYC accreditation. The Melba S. Lehner Children's School has been NAEYC accredited since 1988.

NAEYC created its accreditation program in 1985 to set professional standards for early childhood education, and to help families identify high-quality child care and early education programs. To earn NAEYC accreditation, a program conducts a self-study to determine how well it meets the standards. After necessary improvements are made, the program is observed by independent, professional evaluators, and then reviewed by a national panel.

The hourly childcare service is just one of several services and resources Nontraditional Student Programs offers students to help them balance college, work and family. WSU defines a non-traditional student as 25 years of age or older or married or with children. For more information about Nontraditional Student Programs visit http://programs.weber.edu/nontrad/.
Contact:

Jennifer Grandi, coordinator, Nontraditional Student Programs
801-626-6077 · jgrandi@weber.edu

Author:
John Kowalewski, director of Media Relations
(801) 626-7212 · jkowalewski@weber.edu