Our House, Inc., a non profit charitable organization helping homeless families with young children in the Metro Atlanta area get back on their feet, proudly announces that its Early Childhood Education (ECE) Center has successfully achieved NAEYC reaccreditation.
The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is the leading organization for those working with and on behalf of children from birth through age 8 in the United States. NAEYC sets and monitors standards for high-quality early childhood education programs and accredits programs that meet these standards.
To earn NAEYC Accreditation, Our House went through an extensive renewal process, providing evidence of our ECE’s program compliance with the ten NAEYC Early Childhood Program Standards, as well as compliance with over 400 Accreditation Criteria. The process concluded with a comprehensive site visit conducted by NAEYC Assessors who observed ECE programs in action, reviewed renewal material, interviewed teachers and administrators, and conducted a thorough indoor/outdoor assessment of our ECE facilities. In addition, as a NAEYC accredited site, Our House will be subject to unannounced visits during the five-year period of accreditation.
Our House is proud to report that we met 100% of each of the ten NAEYC Program Standard Criteria. We met all of the NAEYC Candidacy Requirements; and our classrooms met an average of over 98% of the criteria Assessors evaluated during the onsite observations.
Nationally, only 8% of early childhood education centers earn NAEYC accreditation. In Georgia, only 4% of early childhood education centers are NAEYC accredited. Our House first earned NAEYC Accreditation in 1995 and has successfully maintained the distinction ever since. Today, Our House is the only NAEYC accredited childcare center primarily serving homeless children and families from throughout Metro Atlanta.
Our ECE program provides free childcare and early childhood education to Atlanta-Decatur homeless children ages 6 weeks to 5 years old. Our House is a childcare assistance and homeless support center which operates year-round, Monday – Friday, 7:00 am to 6:00 pm, and serves a maximum of 81 children each day giving women the opportunity to look for jobs and housing. All children receive periodic health check-ups, required immunizations, and nutritious meals and snacks. Program activities are designed to nurture children’s physical, cognitive, language and socio-emotional development. The goal of the Our House ECE program is to help children in Atlanta and Decatur be prepared for academic and social success in kindergarten and beyond.
Our House looks forward to maintaining the high standards set forth by NAEYC in delivering a quality early education to the homeless children of Metro Atlanta.