First Lutheran Early Education Center is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Additionally, the Kansas Quality Rating and Improvement System (KQRIS) has gave the program a 5-Star rating.
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) administers the largest and most widely sponsored accreditation system for all types of early childhood
programs and childcare centers. NAEYC is the nation’s largest organization of early childhood educators.
High-quality programs provide a safe and nurturing environment while promoting the development of young children. NAEYC-accredited programs show their quality by meeting the 10 NAEYC Early Childhood Program Standards, which are based on the latest research on the education and development of young children.
All NAEYC-accredited programs must:
- Promote positive relationships for all children and adults.
- 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 child progress.
- Promote the nutrition and health of children and staff.
- Employ and support qualified teaching staff.
- Establish and maintain collaborative relationships with families.
- Establish and maintain relationships with and use resources of the community.
- Provide a safe and healthy physical environment.
- Implement strong program management policies that result in high-quality service.
Kansas Quality Rating Improvement System (KQRIS)
The Kansas Quality Rating and Improvement System (KQRIS) was a 5-Star quality rating system that focused on quality improvement in early care and education through a system that produced high-quality outcomes for children and families.
Programs were assessed and coached in 5 key areas of program quality that included learning environment, family partnerships, training and education, adult-child ratios and group size program accreditation.
Although the KQRIS program no longer exists, it was valuable program that helped the school grow and improve. The staff remains very proud of their 5-star rating!