UW-La Crosse child center reaccredited

The UWL Campus Child Center has been reaccredited for five years by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the world’s largest organization working on behalf of young children.

The reaccreditation shows that the center has met 10 program standards and their corresponding individual criteria through a self-study and an on-site visit by an assessor. Accreditation recognizes commitment to reaching the highest professional standards in the field of early care and education. The accreditation lasts for five years.

“We have been successful because our professional teaching staff is comprised of talented, dedicated individuals who are educated in child development and who have a willingness and desire to do what is right for young children and their families,” says Dawn Hays, director of the Campus Child Center. “The teachers form a cohesive team to provide quality care and education in ways that are meaningful and relevant for children. We also get a great deal of support from the university community and the families we serve.”

The Campus Child Center, established in 1985, has been accredited since 1994. It is the only NAEYC-accredited program in a 20-mile radius. Less than 10 percent of all child care centers, preschools, and kindergartens nationally achieve the recognition.

The Campus Child Center serves approximately 75 children each semester, providing quality care for the children of students and employees. The center is self-funded through user and other student fees.