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APSU-TECTA announces two childcare center accreditations

Austin Peays Tennessee Early Childhood Training Alliance (TECTA) announces that two Clarksville-area childcare centers have earned national accreditation.

Woodlawn Child Development Center, directed by Susan Elrod, and The Settlement Inc., co-directed by Ladonna Loving and Karen Johnson, are the most recent childcare centers in APSU-TECTAs eight-county service area to receive accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)–a widely recognized mark of high quality.
Austin Peay's Tennessee Early Childhood Training Alliance (TECTA) announces that two Clarksville-area childcare centers have earned national accreditation.

Woodlawn Child Development Center, directed by Susan Elrod, and The Settlement Inc., co-directed by Ladonna Loving and Karen Johnson, are the most recent childcare centers in APSU-TECTA's eight-county service area to receive accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)—a widely recognized mark of high quality.

“After six years of encouraging and consulting with area childcare programs, we are thrilled that two more childcare centers finally have received national recognition via NAEYC accreditation,” says Linda Sitton, director of APSU-TECTA. “Accreditation is the result of ‘laser beam' focus on high-quality childcare and a very committed and dedicated staff. Even though excellence is its own reward, this caliber of childcare programs deserves the greatest of recognition by the community and state.”

TECTA has provided staff development, furniture, self-study fees, validation fees and accreditation consultation to help childcare programs achieve national recognition for more than a decade.

The NAEYC Academy for Early Childhood Program Accreditation administers a national, voluntary, professionally sponsored accreditation system to raise the quality of all types of preschools, kindergartens, childcare centers and school-age child care programs. The Academy is a division of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the nation's largest organization of early childhood educators.
—Rebecca Mackey