College's Child Development Center Earns NAEYC Accreditation

June 2, 2011

SUNY Cobleskill’s Effie Bennett-Powe Child Development Center has earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the nation’s leading organization of early childhood professionals.


To earn NAEYC accreditation, the Effie Bennett-Powe Child Development Center went through an extensive self-study process, measuring the program and its services against 10 early childhood program standards and more than 400 related accreditation criteria. Accreditation was awarded after an on-site visit by NAEYC assessors ensured that the program meets each of the 10 standards. NAEYC-accredited programs are also subject to unannounced visits during the accreditation period, which last five years.


“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 Nancy Collins, director/teacher at SUNY Cobleskill’s Child Development Center. “NAEYC accreditation indicates to families that children in our program are receiving the best early learning experiences. The program is designed to provide a high quality preschool experience for young children, and to serve as a model for early childhood majors at the College.”


SUNY Cobleskill offers a bachelor’s degree in Child Care and Development, as well as associate degrees in Early Childhood and Child and Family Services.


“The Center serves a dual academic function,” adds Collins. “It is a learning environment for young children between the ages of three and five, and for SUNY Cobleskill students in the associate and bachelor’s degree programs. It provides a nurturing and safe environment for preschoolers and adults.”


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 – approximately eight percent of all preschools and other early childhood programs.


“The NAEYC accreditation system raises the bar for child care centers and other early childhood programs,” says Jerlean E. Daniel, Ph.D., executive director of NAEYC. “Having earned NAEYC accreditation is a sign that the Effie Bennett-Powe Child Development Center 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 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.


For more information, contact Nancy Collins, director/teacher SUNY Cobleskill’s Effie Bennett-Powe Child Development Center, at 518-255-5696 or e-mail


About The National Association for the Education of Young Children


National Association for the Education of Young Children accreditation 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. To earn NAEYC accreditation, a program must meet each of the ten NAEYC Early Childhood Program Standards. Programs are accredited by NAEYC for a five-year period. For more information, visit