Hofstra University’s Diane Lindner-Goldberg Child Care Institute at the Joan and Arnold Saltzman Community Services Center has been reaccredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the leading organization of early childhood professionals. According to the Child Care Council of Nassau County, only 12 out of 210 licensed early childhood education programs in Nassau County have achieved NAEYC accreditation. Nationwide, only 8 percent of all preschools and other early childhood programs are NAEYC-accredited.
Programs applying for NAEYC accreditation undergo a very rigorous analysis of their operations. Programs demonstrating and/or exceeding a national standard for quality and excellence in the field of early childhood education receive accreditation. To earn NAEYC accreditation, the Diane Lindner-Goldberg Child Care Institute went through an extensive self-study process, as well as an on-site visit by NAEYC assessors, measuring its program and services against 10 NAEYC early childhood program standards and more than 400 related accreditation criteria. The Child Care Institute is now accredited until 2019.
The Diane Lindner-Goldberg Child Care Institute offers developmentally appropriate activities for children ages 8 weeks to 5 years, providing opportunities for hands-on, integrated learning. The program focuses on the child’s total development – social, emotional, cognitive and physical. Children are grouped according to age and ability. The child-to-staff ratio meets and exceeds those required by New York State licensing and NAEYC standards for excellence in care.
The children at the Diane Lindner-Goldberg Child Care Institute benefit from the interdisciplinary services of the clinical programs also housed in the Joan and Arnold Saltzman Community Services Center. Being a part of the Saltzman Center renders the Child Care Institute unique in the provision of education, care, assessment and enriched learning environments for young children and their families. In addition to the Child Care Institute, the Saltzman Center is home to:
- the Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic
- the Reading/Writing Learning Clinic
- the Psychological Evaluation Research and Counseling (PERC) Clinic
- and the brand new Counseling and Mental Health Professions Clinic, which includes Marriage and Family Therapy
Founded in 1926, NAEYC is dedicated to improving the well-being of all young children, with particular focus on the quality of educational and developmental services for all children from birth through age 8. For more information about NAEYC accreditation, visit www.naeyc.org/academy.
In addition to NAEYC reaccreditation, the Diane Lindner-Goldberg Child Care Institute is recognized as a preferred provider servicing military families by the National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies and as a “Breastfeeding-Friendly Child Care Center” by the New York State Department of Health’s Child and Adult Care Food Program.
The NAEYC report commended the Diane Lindner-Goldberg Child Care Institute on the following areas:
- For promoting positive relationships among all children and adults to encourage each child’s sense of individual worth and belonging as part of a community and to foster each child’s ability to contribute as a responsible community member.
- For using developmentally, culturally and linguistically appropriate and effective teaching approaches that enhance each child’s learning and development in the context of the program’s curriculum goals.
- For using ongoing, systematic, formal and informal assessment approaches to provide information on children’s learning and development. These assessments occur within the context of reciprocal communications with families and with sensitivity to the cultural contexts in which children develop.
- For promoting the nutrition and health of children and protecting children and staff from illness and injury.
- For employing and supporting a teaching staff that has the educational qualifications, knowledge, and professional commitment necessary to promote children’s learning and development and to support families’ diverse needs and interests.
- For recognizing the importance of a reciprocal relationship between families and programs is essential to ensure that programs are meeting the needs of the children and families that the program serves.
- For effectively establishing and maintaining reciprocal relationships with agencies and institutions that can support it in achieving its goals for the curriculum, health promotion, children’s transitions, inclusion, and diversity.
- For administering a program efficiently and effectively, ensuring that all involved persons, staff, children, and families are included. The way in which a program is administered will affect all the interactions within the program.