A Family's search for quality healthcare on post just became easier.

The National Association for the Education of Young Children recently accredited the Scales Avenue Child Development Center resulting in Fort Jackson meeting Army requirements for accreditation.

"We are required by the Department of the Army for each of our eligible centers to be accredited," said Beverly Metcalfe, Fort Jackson Child Youth Services administrator.

The NAEYC is a non-profit professional organization the Army recognizes as the gold standard for quality child care programs.

"NAEYC strives to raise the quality of education for all children from birth through age eight," Metcalfe added. "Accreditation systems are a major part of NAEYC's efforts to improve early childhood education; they allow programs to provide the best learning experiences for young children and their educators by meeting national standards of quality."

The accreditation also eases the burden on Families looking for the best care for their children.

"Having quality, accredited childcare programs readily available on Fort Jackson helps make the sometimes difficult job of finding good childcare much easier for our military Families," Metcalfe said. "Having accredited childcare centers near the workplace is important for Soldiers, not only for the convenience, but also because it gives parents the peace of mind knowing they can go to work and their children are in a safe, quality educational environment with well-trained staff."

Rose Edmond, head of the Child, Youth & School Services, lauded the employees who made the accreditation possible.

"The Scales Avenue Child Development Center staff are to be commended for once again achieving accreditation," she said. "Of significance are the great scores in the summary report for the criteria in the following areas: teachers, Families, community relationships and leadership/management. The accreditation report will be used to identify areas for improvement on the road to excellence. With the Scales Avenue CDC accreditation, all eligible Child, Youth & School Services programs on Fort Jackson are now accredited."

In the report announcing the accreditation, NAEYC commended the Scales Avenue CDC for "promoting positive relationships among all children and adults to encourage a child's sense of individual worth," through a program that uses "ongoing, systematic, formal and informal assessment approaches" to providing information on a child's development and learning. The reciprocal communications between staff and parents was also lauded.

The accreditation lasts for five years and will end Oct. 1, 2021.