The Gan earns national NAEYC accreditation

The Gan-Portland Jewish Preschool has earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

NAEYC accreditation is a rigorous and transformative system that uses 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,” says Gan Director Mimi Wilhelm.

To earn NAEYC accreditation, The Gan went through an extensive self-study and quality-improvement process, followed by an onsite visit by NAEYC assessors to verify and ensure that the program met each of the 10 program standards and hundreds of corresponding individual criteria. NAEYC can make unannounced quality-assurance visits any time during a program’s 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 accredited by NAEYC. Less than 10% 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,” says Kristen Johnson, senior director of early learning program accreditation at NAEYC. “Earning NAEYC accreditation makes The Gan an exemplar of good practice for families and the entire community.”

The Gan has a waiting list in all classrooms this year; enrollment for 2018- 2019 opens in January. |

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