West Hills College Child Development Center Lemoore Earns National NAEYC Accreditation

West Hills College Lemoore’s Child Development Center has earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)—the world's largest organization working on behalf of young children.

NAEYC Accreditation is a rigorous and transformative quality-improvement system that uses a set of 10 research-based standards to collaborate with early education programs to recognize and drive quality-improvement in high-quality early learning environments. 

“We’re proud to have earned the mark of quality from NAEYC, and to be recognized for our commitment to reaching the highest professional standards,” said Nancy Jeffcoach, Site Supervisor. “Our program received commendation in 6 of the 10 standards.  Out of these six standards, four of them focused on community, families, relationships and leadership.  The other two standards were under health, and assessment of children’s learning and growth. These commendations align with not only the Child Development’s philosophy but also the college mission, of ensuring all children and adults develop to their fullest potential. 

To earn NAEYC Accreditation, West Hills College Lemoore Child Development Center went through an extensive self-study and quality-improvement process, followed by an on-site visit by NAEYC Assessors to verify and ensure that the program met each of the ten program standards, and hundreds of corresponding individual criteria. NAEYC-accredited programs are always prepared for unannounced quality-assurance visits during their accreditation term, which lasts for five years.

In the 30 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—less than 10 percent of all child care centers, preschools, and kindergartens nationally achieve this recognition. 

“NAEYC-Accredited programs bring our definitions of excellence for early childhood education to life each day,” said Kristen Johnson, senior director of Early Learning Program Accreditation at NAEYC. “Earning NAEYC Accreditation makes West Hills College Child Development Center Lemoore an exemplar of good practice for families and the entire community.”

For more information about the WHCL Child Development Center, contact Nancy Jeffcoach at (559) 925-3379 or nancyjeffcoach@whccd.edu.

For more information about NAEYC Accreditation, visit the NAEYC website at https://www.naeyc.org/accreditation/early-learning-program-accreditation