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UW-Madison child care centers earn national accreditation

February 24, 2018

UW-Madison’s Office of Child Care and Family Resources (OCCFR) recently learned that Eagle’s Wing Child Care, UW Preschool Lab and Little Chicks Learning Academy earned National Early Childhood Program Accreditation (NECPA).

The accreditation process took more than a year to complete and included surveys, classroom and playground updates, policy review and site visits. While all of OCCFR’s campus child care centers have maintained annual accreditation by the City of Madison’s Child Care Unit, this is the first time the centers have garnered NECPA status, national recognition as an exceptional site for children.

The Office of Child Care and Family Resources is administratively housed within UW-Madison’s School of Education. OCCFR promotes the academic and professional goals of the UW-Madison community through the administration of early education and family support programs.

Since 1991, NECPA’s focus has been to ensure that each child is supported and encouraged in every aspect of their environment. Their standards encompass the whole child by assessing child-teacher relationships, program-family relationships, and program-community relationships. NECPA standards have been developed to represent the current, best practices in the field of early care and education, as well as the results of the past 30 years of research in the field.

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