Gain support, information and inspiration about the new NAEYC Accreditation Standards as Kim McClennahan Means, Senior Director, NAEYC Academy for Early Childhood Program Accreditation joins us for a one hour conference call.
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Questions answered during our conference call include:
*How do you keep staff’s focus on the goal of accreditation?
*What improvements have been made compared to the old system?
*What are there new changes that will occur this September 2007?
*Why have the costs increased so much over the time that this program has been in existence?
*How will the day of the visit go?
*How can I prepare teaching staff and children for the Assessor’s visit?
*What have accredited centers struggled most with to become NAEYC accredited?
*Why do the assessors spend so little time in the classrooms? It seems that the new system places more focus on paperwork rather than on interactions between teachers and students.
*How have the site visits been going for those programs already being reaccredited to the new standards?
*Why should a program pursue Candidacy if it knows it will not be able to meet the Teaching Staff Educational Requirements Criteria by the time of the visit? Even factoring in meeting 80% of the Standards, many programs know they will not be able to meet the criteria but are still being told to become candidates. Isn’t this setting a program up to fail? *How can community based child care best help individuals staff gain access to college level work for professional development when wages are so low? *Will there be any more workshops on using the new system?
*We have received NAEYC accreditation in the past, and our status expires in 8/07. My understanding is that you have to completely meet all the criteria to achieve accreditation with the new standards. Is that true?
*How do the new standards directly affect lab schools that have students in their programs? *What if I cannot get management to help the teachers prepare for the accreditation? (I am a teacher that wants to get ready for the accreditation). *What is the thinking behind having all staff produce a health evaluation every 2 years? The way I read the criterion, the only information it must contain is immunization status [not likely to change] and an evaluation that states if an employee is physically and emotionally up to the job. What do you do if the doctor says they are not? With the TB testing removed, what is the value of this criterion? Who pays for the physical if they choose not to take our health insurance?
*How will NAEYC be looking at emerging practices as far as seeking input from accredited centers, etc.?
*Do all assistant teachers need to be enrolled in classes?
*What ideas do you have for seasoned providers who are still providing quality care to meet the qualification standards when they haven’t attended school in many years and are frightened at the thought, and when you live in a remote area where taking classes means at least a 150 mile drive and online classes seem quite expensive, not to mention some have very limited computer skills?
*Is there a training tool available to share information on the “new” NAEYC Accreditation (the four step process and also the standards themselves) with staff (especially new hires) as well as families, Board members, community partners, etc?
*The timeline for teacher/director educational qualifications…how realistic do you really think these goals are for full time working individuals who are supporting, or helping to support, families, especially when salaries will not match the cost of (both money and time) going back to school?
*How can you be accredited if the center is not ready? The management is not helping the teachers to start the process and we, the teachers have been asking for materials?
*I know that the assessors will look at computer-generated criteria. Will the criteria be the same for every classroom observed or is a unique set of criteria generated for each classroom?
*When beginning the self-study process, where do you start? The observation forms are so overwhelming, there is no longer a pre-survey for staff or parents and I do not find any guidance in any of the materials that points you in the right direction…am I not looking in the right place?