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03/30/2015
Viking Child Care Center at Hudson Valley Community College Meets Top Standard by National Accrediting Body

MEDIA CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8072 e.bryant@hvcc.edu
FOR RELEASE: Monday, March 30, 2015

The Viking Child Care Center (VCCC) at Hudson Valley Community College recently received notice that it met all criteria for re-accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

The child care center, which serves the children of students, faculty and staff of the college as well as community members, is one of only 8 percent of early childhood programs across the country to receive NAEYC accreditation. The center originally received accreditation from NAEYC in 1997 and must meet reaccreditation standards every five years.

Staff from the accrediting body visited the center recently to observe the classroom and judge the facility and its programs on ten criteria that included curriculum, teachers, family relationships and physical environment, among others. The center easily met all ten standards and scored a perfect 100 percent on eight of the ten standards.

The Viking Child Care Center, which is overseen by the college’s Faculty Student Association, provides a cognitively-based program for children ages six weeks to five years. VCCC provides an environment where children are encouraged to develop at their own pace.

The college’s Early Childhood associate degree program is also accredited by the NAEYC.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 75 degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Science; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and an Educational Opportunity Center for academic and career training. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 12,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 75,000 alumni.

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