The Child and Family Development Center (CFDC) at NHTI opened its doors in 2001, and began the accreditation application process in 2003, when it first became eligible. In July 2005, the CFDC officially earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the nation's leading organization of early childhood professionals. At the time, the CFDC became only the ninth child care center in the greater Concord area to receive this prestigious accreditation, which followed an exhaustive self-study and an observation visit by a team of independent, professional validators. Now, the CFDC is one of only 6 accredited programs in Concord and 60 in the state of NH (out of approximately 1200 licensed child care providers).
Early childhood programs accredited through the NAEYC are nationally considered to be those with a hallmark of quality in our field. "Through the accreditation, the CFDC has become a leader in a national effort to raise the quality of early childhood education, and to help give all children a better start," according to Dr. Mark Ginsberg, former Executive Director of NAEYC.
As an NAEYC accredited program we must:
- Promote positive relationships for all children and adults to encourage each child’s sense of individual worth.
- Implement a curriculum that fosters all areas of child development: cognitive, emotional, language, physical and social.
- Use developmentally, culturally, and linguistically appropriate and effective teaching approaches.
- Provide ongoing assessments of a child’s learning and development and communicate the child’s progress to the family.
- Promote the nutrition and health of children and protect children and staff from illness and injury.
- Employ and support a teaching staff that has the educational qualifications, knowledge and professional commitment necessary to promote children’s learning and development and to support families’ diverse interests and needs.
- Establish and maintain collaborative relationships with each child’s family.
- Establish relationships with and use the resources of the community to support achievement of program goals.
- Provide a safe and healthy physical environment.
- Implement strong personnel, fiscal, and program management policies so that all children, families and staff have high-quality experiences.
We once again received our re-accreditation decision in 2015, valid through July 1, 2020.