TWU Pioneer School
Earns NAEYC Reaccreditation
DENTON — The
Texas Woman’s University Pioneer School has been reaccredited
by the National Association for the Education of Young Children
(NAEYC) under new criteria established by the organization.
The accreditation will
run through 2010, according to the organization’s web site,
www.naeyc.org. The Pioneer School received a five-year accreditation
with a two-year extension based on its status in the program.
benefits TWU students, the children, the families and our staff,”
said Kim Burton, Pioneer School director. “It assures that
the children receive a quality learning experience and that we as
educators stay on our toes.”
The school, under the
direction of TWU’s College of Professional Education, provides
education for children ages 2 through 4 and also serves as an education
and training facility for TWU students who conduct practicums, observations
and do volunteer work.
is important for our Pioneer School and reaffirms our commitment
to developmentally appropriate practices and the needs of children,”
Dr. April Miller, dean of the College of Professional Education.
“We are very proud of this accreditation and the faculty and
staff at the Pioneer School.”
The NAEYC in 2002 revised
its accreditation criteria to focus on children and their learning
and development as well as the elements needed to develop excellent
programs. Accreditation criteria include interactions among teachers
and children, curriculum, relationships among teachers and families,
staff qualifications and professional development, physical environment
and health and safety.
Burton said Pioneer School
personnel began the application process more than a year ago, gathering
information through family and staff questionnaires and classroom
evaluations. The NAEYC in May sent an accreditation validator to
conduct evaluations and examine the school’s documentation.
That information then was sent to the organization, which awarded
the accreditation and developed a list of areas that needed improvement.
The school must report once each year what is being done in those
areas, Burton said.
Burton credits teamwork
with achieving reaccreditation for the school.
“It takes everybody
to achieve this, because the process covers such a wide scope,”
she said. “It includes the families who are very involved
in their children’s education; teachers who are here on a
daily basis doing not only what needs to be done, but also going
the extra mile; and staff who provide invaluable support.”
- 1917 — TWU (then
known as the College of Industrial Arts) creates the first kindergarten
in a Texas state college.
- 1927 — TWU establishes
a nursery school.
- 1972 — TWU creates
the Child Development Center.
- 1989 — TWU’s
Child Development Center becomes the first child care center in
Denton to receive NAEYC certification.
- 2001 — The school’s
name is changed to the Pioneer School and the focus shifts to
education rather than child care.
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