The program was recognized among the top in the nation.
Texas Tech University's Christine DeVitt and Helen DeVitt Jones Child Development Research Center (CDRC), part of the Department of Human Development and Family Studies, has earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the world's largest organization working on behalf of young children.
NAEYC accreditation is a rigorous and transformative quality-improvement system that uses a set of 10 research-based standards to collaborate with early education programs to recognize and drive quality improvement in high-quality early learning environments.
To earn NAEYC accreditation, the CDRC conducted an extensive self-study and quality-improvement process followed by an on-site visit by NAEYC assessors to verify and ensure the program met each of the 10 standards and hundreds of corresponding individual criteria. NAEYC-accredited programs must always be prepared for unannounced, quality-assurance visits during their accreditation term, which lasts for five years.
In the 30 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 – less than10 percent of all child care centers, preschools and kindergartens nationally achieve this recognition.
“NAEYC-accredited programs bring our definitions of excellence for early childhood education to life each day,” said Kristen Johnson, senior director of Early Learning Program Accreditation at NAEYC. “Earning NAEYC accreditation makes Texas Tech University's Christine DeVitt and Helen DeVitt Jones Child Development Research Centeran exemplar of good practice for families and the entire community.”
For more information about NAEYC accreditation, visit the NAEYC website.