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Children’s Learning Center Earns Middle States Reaccreditation


Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Robert and Maureen Dunham Children’s Learning Center earned reaccreditation by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools through its Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools.

The center provides child care and early education for the children of Penn College students and employees.

“We are pleased to have earned reaccreditation by the Middle States Association and to share our success with the Children’s Learning Center’s greater community,” said Barbara J. Albert, director of the center. “Reaccreditation confirms the work we do each day to ensure children are receiving high-quality care and education that will ensure their optimal development.”

To receive MSA-CESS reaccreditation, the Children’s Learning Center completed a rigorous self-evaluation that required input from both staff and parents and hosted an evaluation team of educators from association member schools, who observed center operations and interviewed various stakeholders.

Schools and early childhood education providers undergo the accreditation process voluntarily to demonstrate they are meeting a defined set of performance standards. The process helps schools to continuously grow and improve.

“The accreditation process is an effective and efficient approach to helping schools plan for the future, promote staff development and advance student achievement,” said Henry G. Cram, president of the Middle States Association Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools.

The Children’s Learning Center has been accredited by Middle States since 2007. In addition, it has been accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children since 1998. It is licensed and inspected annually by the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare.

In addition to the center’s full-time staff, faculty and students from the college’s early childhood education major, as well as from other academic areas, are involved in the planning and operation of the center.

The Middle States Association is a worldwide leader in accreditation and school improvement. For over 125 years, MSA has been helping school leaders establish and reach their goals, develop strategic plans, promote staff development and advance student achievement.  There are more than 2,700 MSA-accredited schools in nearly 100 countries.

To learn more about the Children’s Learning Center at Penn College, call 570-320-8026.

For more about the college, visit Penn College, email the Admissions Office or call toll-free 800-367-9222.

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