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Children's Center Receives National Accreditation

University Children's Center on Chicago campus endorsed as eco-healthy

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January 27, 2011

CHICAGO --- University Children's Center, the child care facility associated with Northwestern University on the Chicago campus, has received accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The facility has been endorsed as an eco-healthy child care center. This marks the first time the University Children's Center has achieved this accreditation.

NAEYC accreditation involves intensive self-study and a site visit by experts. In awarding accreditation, NAEYC focuses on the center's environment and curriculum, measuring it against a national set of standards related to education, health and safety. The quality of communication among children, parents and staff also is considered.

"We're proud to have earned the mark of quality from NAEYC," said center director Leigh Hafeman. "The accreditation lets families in our community know that children in our program are getting high-quality care and some of the best possible early learning experiences available."

University Children's Center, located at 446 E. Ontario St. on the Chicago campus, offers educational enrichment programs and care for children from six weeks to five years old.  The center is operated by Childrens' Creative Learning Centers (CCLC). Northwestern, through CCLC, offers priority enrollment and rates, as well as fee assistance, to faculty, staff and students.

For more information about the center or to enroll, go to http://www.cclc.com/northwestern.