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 world’s largest organization working on behalf of young children. Nationwide, less than 10 percent of all preschools and other early childhood programs are NAEYC-accredited.
To earn NAEYC reaccreditation, Diane Lindner-Goldberg Child Care Institute 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 10 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.
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 Institutebenefit 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
- the Counseling and Mental Health Professions Clinic
Dr. Joseph Scardapane, assistant provost and executive director of the Joan and Arnold Saltzman Community Services Center, said these clinics allow “students from academic disciplines across Hofstra University to observe and provide services for the children in the Child Care Institute. The Institute provides an invaluable experiential learning environment not only for the children enrolled but for Hofstra’s undergraduate and graduate students. It is a gem within the university.”
“In 2000, the Diane Lindner-Goldberg Child Care Institute received its first NAEYC accreditation. This was relatively new for early childhood programs, but we were up for the challenge,” said Donna Tudda, the Institute’s director. “By creating policies, procedures, curriculum and age appropriate environments, and developing trusting relationships with parents and families, we have been able maintain an outstanding rating from NAEYC that reflects best practices for children in early childhood education programs. I am extremely proud of this program at Hofstra University.”
In addition to its NAEYC accreditation, the 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 Child Care Institute is also one of the first child care centers in Nassau County to earn a “Champion Center” designation from the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). The designation recognizes the Institute’s practices and curriculum to prevent childhood obesity and reduce long-term risks for chronic disease through promotion of targeted dietary practices and increased physical activity. Champion Centers are held to very high standards and are required to increase the number of healthy snacks provided.