With the help of Northwestern, the McGaw YMCA Children’s Center has earned accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The University donated $13,500 to the children’s center to help offset costs related to the accreditation, including training and equipment.
Northwestern and the children’s center have a relationship wherein priority enrollment is provided to the children of faculty, staff and students. Approximately 80 University-affiliated children are enrolled in one of the center’s several programs.
According to NAEYC, an accredited early childhood program has planned age- and development-appropriate learning activities, trained teachers and administrators, respect for cultural diversity and ongoing systemic evaluation, among other qualities.