Child Development Center earns national accreditation

Posted by Mark Hendricks
University News Service
May 13, 2008

SAN MARCOS – The Child Development Center at Texas State University-San Marcos has become one of the first early childhood programs to earn accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) – the nation’s leading organization of early childhood professionals.

“We’re proud to have earned the mark of quality from NAEYC and to be recognized for our commitment to reaching the highest professional standards” said June Blades, director of the Texas State Child Development Center. “NAEYC accreditation lets families in our community know that children in our program are getting the best care and early learning experiences possible.”

To earn NAEYC accreditation, the Texas State Child Development Center went through an extensive self-study process, measuring the program and its services against 10 new NAEYC early childhood program standards and more than 400 related accreditation criteria.The program received accreditation after an on-site visit by NAEYC assessors to ensure the program meets all program standards.

“The new NAEYC accreditation system raises the bar for preschools, child care centers and other early childhood programs,” said Mark Ginsberg, executive director of NAEYC. “The Texas State Child Development Center’s ANEYC accreditation is a sign they are a leader in a national effort to invest in high-quality early childhood education and to help give all children a better start.”

To enroll a child in the Texas State University Child Development Center, contact June Blades at (512) 245-2621 or fill out a waitlist application at