n The nation’s leading organization for early childhood development is accrediting the Aiken Village Preschool at Mississippi State.
The National Association for the Education of Young Children recently notified the university that its year-round program for 3-5-year-olds has met a set of rigorous standards.
Located at the Collegeview Street entrance of Aiken Village campus housing and enrolling nearly 35, the preschool is a partnership administered by MSU’s Early Childhood Institute. Other partners include the College of Education’s department of curriculum, instruction and special education, Division of Student Affairs’ department of housing and residence life and the Holly Springs-based Institute of Community Services Inc./Head Start Inc.
NAEYC accreditation comes only after an extensive self-study process measuring programs and services against 10 professional standards, followed with a site visit by an assessment team. Approved programs also may receive unannounced visits during the five-year accreditation term.
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