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UNI Child Development Center earns national accreditation

December 9, 2013

Allison Pattee, coordinator, Child Development Center, 319-273-3946,

Jill Uhlenberg, department head and assistant professor, curriculum and instruction, 319-273-7671,

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Child Development Center (CDC) has been accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

NAEYC's national accreditation system sets professional standards for early childhood education programs and allows families to find high-quality programs for their children. The accreditation requires a rigorous self-study that looks at curriculum, administration, teacher qualifications and parent interactions. It is followed by an external review of the self-study materials and observations of a majority of the classrooms, including the oldest and youngest groups.

"The NAEYC Accreditation system raises the bar for child care centers and other early childhood programs," said Jerlean E. Daniel, executive director of NAEYC. "Having earned NAEYC Accreditation is a sign that the UNI Child Development Center is a leader in a national effort to invest in high-quality early childhood education."

Earlier this year, the CDC also received a rating of 5, the highest rank possible, on Iowa's Quality Rating System (QRS) for child care programs. QRS is a voluntary child care rating system for child development homes, licensed child care centers and preschools, and child care programs that are operated by school districts.

The UNI CDC is a child care and instruction resource for the students, faculty and staff of the University of Northern Iowa and is a part of the College of Education. For more information, contact Allison Pattee, coordinator of the CDC, at 319-273-3946 or