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Spokane YMCA Earns National Child Care NAEYC Accreditation

— The YMCA of the Inland Northwest Early Child Care Program (ECC) has earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) - the nation's leading organization of early childhood professionals.

The accreditation process is an integral part of a community commitment to high quality early learning, a key indicator for a child's success in school. The Spokane County United Way, a community leader in support of early learning efforts, provided two facilitators, Nancy Ashworth and Shirley Porter, who guide and coach the child care centers throughout the lengthy accreditation process.

Four other local child care providers, Easter Seals' Northeast Child Development Center, The Community Building Children's Center, Stepping Stone Christian Child Care Center and the Little Red Schoolhouse have also received NAEYC accreditation with United Way's support.

To earn accreditation, the YMCA Early Child Care Center went through an extensive self-study process, measuring the program and its services against the ten NAEYC Early Childhood Program standards and more than 400 related accreditation criteria. An on-site visit ensured the ECC meets each of the ten program standards. As part of accreditation, unannounced visits will occur during the accreditation period, which lasts for five years.

The YMCA of the Inland Northwest is dedicated to their cause of strengthening the foundations of community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Regardless of age, income or background - they nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation's health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support their neighbors. Anchored in the Spokane community for over 125 years, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. For more information go to ymcaspokane.org.

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