Doylestown Health's Children’s Village Earns National NAEYC Accreditation

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Children’s Village located in Doylestown has earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)—the world's largest organization working on behalf of young children.

NAEYC Accreditation is a rigorous and transformative quality-improvement system that uses a set of 10 research-based standards to collaborate with early education programs to recognize and drive quality-improvement in high-quality early learning environments.

Children’s Village opened on the Doylestown Hospital campus in 1985 and was the first nationally accredited center in Bucks County and, as such, has served as a model for early childhood education throughout Bucks and Montgomery counties. The center’s programs serve area children ages six weeks through full-day kindergarten. In addition to NAEYC accreditation, Children’s Village maintains a STAR-4 rating (the highest) in the Pennsylvania Keystone STARS Quality Initiative.

The former Children’s Village facility was destroyed by a tornado in August 2020. Soon after, Doylestown Health announced that a rebuild would be a new priority of ONE VISION: The Campaign for Doylestown Health. Support for rebuilding Children’s Village will allow the program to return from its temporary locations to Doylestown Hospital’s flagship campus in a new and upgraded facility incorporating best practices in safety and early childhood learning commensurate with our standards for excellence and reputation for compassionate care.

To earn NAEYC Accreditation, Children’s Village went through an extensive self-study and quality-improvement process, followed by an on-site visit by NAEYC Assessors to verify and ensure that the program met each of the ten program standards, and hundreds of corresponding individual criteria. NAEYC-accredited programs are always prepared for unannounced quality-assurance visits during their accreditation term, which lasts for five years.

“Reaccreditation affirms that despite the challenges we have faced over the past few years, our commitment to families and to the field of early childhood education remain strong,” said Children’s Village Director Bernadette Rodrigo. “We are proud to continue the tradition of being NAEYC accredited and offering a high quality program where children, families and staff work together to build a community of learners.”

In the 30 years since NAEYC Accreditation was established, it has become a widely recognized sign of high-quality early childhood education. More than 6,000 programs are currently accredited by NAEYC—less than 10 percent of all child care centers, preschools, and kindergartens nationally achieve this recognition.

“NAEYC-Accredited programs have committed to a process that takes time, energy and dedication to complete” states Alissa Mwenelupembe, Senior Director Early Learning Program Accreditation. “Children’s Village has demonstrated their commitment to young children and their families.”

For more information about NAEYC Accreditation, visit the NAEYC website.

About Children’s Village

Children’s Village is a fully licensed early childhood education center accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, and holding a STAR-4 rating (the highest) in the Pennsylvania Keystone STARS Quality Initiative. Serving children from six weeks of age through kindergarten, Children’s Village is also licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services and the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Carefully designed curriculum at Children’s Village employs Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) and concentrates on the behavioral, social, emotional, and intellectual well-being and growth of each individual student. 

About ONE VISION: The Campaign for Doylestown Health

Doylestown Health is beginning a bold new chapter as we approach our second century of healthcare delivery. To honor our centennial, Doylestown Health launched a $100-million comprehensive campaign, ONE VISION: The Campaign for Doylestown Health, to elevate the patient experience to new heights and unlock our full potential to deliver exceptional care.
Philanthropic support of the One Vision Campaign funds transformational renovation and expansion across the Doylestown Hospital and Pine Run campuses and will help chart the course for the next generation of patients, providers and technology. For more information, visit the Doylestown Health Foundation website or call 215-345-2009.

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