Grace School Earns National NAEYC Accreditation

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The Primary School at Grace School among the top in the nation by earning accreditation.

The Primary School at Grace School, located in West Houston, has earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) – the nation’s leading organization of early childhood professionals. Grace School is now part of eight percent of preschools and early childhood programs in the nation with this accreditation.

“We’re proud to have earned the mark of quality from NAEYC and to be recognized for our commitment to reaching the highest professional and educational standards,” said Leigh Anne Shumate, Head of Primary School. “NAEYC Accreditation is the gold standard for early childhood education, and achieving such prestigious recognition lets families in our community know that children in our program are getting the best care and early learning experiences possible.”

To earn NAEYC Accreditation, Grace School went through an extensive self-study process, measuring the program and its services against the 10 NAEYC Early Childhood Program Standards and more than 400 related Accreditation criteria. The 10 standards Grace Primary School was measured against were: relationships, curriculum, teaching, assessment of child progress, health, teachers, families, community relationships, physical environment, leadership and management. The program received NAEYC Accreditation after an on-site visit by NAEYC Assessors to ensure that the program met each of the 10 program standards. As an NAEYC-accredited program, Grace Primary School will also be subject to unannounced visits during their accreditation, which lasts for five years.

“Our mission at Grace School is to provide our students with a rigorous educational program that embraces the teachings of Jesus Christ in a safe and inclusive environment,” said Dr. Liz Walgamuth, Ed.D., Head of School. “NAEYC Accreditation is a testament to our mission and also proves that the Primary School at Grace is where quality education begins.”

In the 25 years since NAEYC Accreditation was established, it has become a widely recognized sign of high-quality early childhood education. More than 7,000 programs are currently accredited by NAEYC.

“The NAEYC Accreditation system raises the bar for child care centers and other early childhood programs,” said Jerlean E. Daniel, Ph.D, executive director of NAEYC. “Having earned NAEYC Accreditation is a sign that Grace Primary School is a leader in a national effort to invest in high-quality early childhood education.”

The NAEYC Accreditation system has set voluntary professional standards for programs for young children since 1985. In September 2006, the Association revised program standards and criteria to introduce a new level of quality, accountability and service for parents and children in child care programs. The new standards today reflect the latest research and best practices in early childhood education and development. NAEYC is committed to utilizing the newest studies and analysis on positive child outcomes to ensure young children continue receiving the highest-quality care and education possible.

NAEYC
Established in 1985, the NAEYC accreditation system was created to set professional standards for early childhood education, and to help families identify high-quality preschools, child care centers and other early education programs. In September 2006, the Association revised program standards and criteria to introduce a new level of quality, accountability, and service for parents and children in child care programs. The new standards today reflect the latest research and best practices in early childhood education and development. For more information about NAEYC Accreditation, visit http://www.naeyc.org/academy.

Grace School
Founded in 1975, Grace School is a Christian school serving students from 20 months through eighth grade. Located on a 13-acre campus in Houston, Texas, the mission of Grace School is to provide a rigorous educational program that embraces the teachings of Jesus Christ in a safe and inclusive environment. Grace School is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

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