Children of America, Educational Childcare Earns National Accreditation
Advancing a Diverse and Dynamic Early Childhood Education
Delray Beach, August 3, 2022
Children of America® (COA), the nation's leader in educational childcare, announced today that 17 schools (30 percent) in the COA portfolio have earned accreditation from the Council on Accreditation.
According to Kristen DeAngeles, Director of Education at COA, it takes a lot of hard work and dedication to navigate the accreditation process. She says her team understood the importance of accreditation, what it represents in terms of quality educational childcare, and worked hard to make this happen. Their efforts are well worth the effort to ensure that the children in COA’s care get the best head start possible. “Despite the challenges we have faced over the past few years, our commitment to quality educational childcare for our families and to the field of early childhood education remains our primary focus,” said Ms. DeAngeles. “We are proud of this accreditation group and will continue the COA standard of high-quality programming where children, families, and staff work together to build a community of learners.”
Accredited programs have met the Council of Accreditation’s standards for high-quality care in early childhood education. These programs have demonstrated that they provide a safe and healthy environment for children, have teachers who are well-trained, have access to excellent teaching materials, and work with a curriculum that is appropriately challenging and developmentally sound. Nearly as important, the Council of Accreditation also evaluates COA’s business practices evaluating them as compared to industry standards and their commitment to consistency.
Nationally accredited programs ensure parents find the best possible early childhood experience for their children. Additionally, accredited programs are often eligible for higher reimbursement rates for subsidy. This allows us to offer more affordable childcare options to working families.
Accredited programs must:
· Promote positive relationships for all children and adults to encourage each child’s sense of individual worth · Implement a curriculum that fosters all areas of child development — cognitive, emotional, language, physical, and social
• Use developmentally, culturally, and linguistically appropriate and effective teaching approaches
• Provide ongoing assessments of each child’s learning and development and communicate the child’s progress to the family
• Promote the nutrition and health of children and protect children and staff from illness and injury
• Employ and support a teaching staff that has the educational qualifications, knowledge, and professional commitment necessary to promote children’s learning and development and to support families’ diverse interests and needs
• Establish and maintain collaborative relationships with each child’s family
• Establish relationships with and use the resources of the community to support achievement of program goals
• Provide a safe and healthy physical environment
• Implement strong personnel, fiscal, and program management policies so that all children, families, and staff have high-quality experiences
• Deliver programming consistent with brand promises operationally and educationally
For almost 25 years, COA has been synonymous with the highest standards in early childhood education. Ms. DeAngeles continues, “becoming accredited means we are committed to continuous quality improvement, and we are proud to be among this elite group of providers. We congratulate each one of our schools on their achievement and are confident we will successfully have all COA schools accredited by the end of 2023.”
For more information about COA centers and programs, please visit childrenofamerica.com.
About Children of America
Children of America operates facilities throughout Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin. The company expansion plans include several locations in the SC and TX areas over the next two (2) years. COA offers the highest level of childcare for children ages six weeks to twelve years of age. The premier programs include infant care, toddler care, nationally renowned preschool and pre-kindergarten programs, before-and-after school care, and summer camp. An industry pioneer, Children of America is a subsidiary of World Wide Child Care Corp. Visit childrenofamerica.com for more information or interact with COA on YouTube, Instagram and Facebook.