By Pfc. Jung Jihoon (IMCOM)January 24, 2013
YONGSAN GARRISON, Republic of Korea -- U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan's Child, Youth and School Services has earned reaccreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children. The accreditation showcases the CYSS' capability of supporting Servicemembers, Families and Civilians with a quality child care consistent in every field of the NAEYC inspection.
Originally accredited in 2006, the Yongsan CYSS supports readiness and contributes to the quality of life for the Area II Community by providing appropriate care options for children and youth.
The NAEYC accreditation process requires thorough preparation to meet program standards, including curriculum, staff, nutrition, environment, and ongoing relationships with the community. Claudette Mohn, the CYSS services coordinator, and her team received NAEYC accreditation after an on-site visit by NAEYC assessors.
"We are very excited about our accomplishment," Mohn said. "As the premise for the accreditation is to demonstrate that the program meets the national standards, CYSS has actually earned the accreditation by help of dedicated staff members. Taking what we earned as a chance, we expect that the accreditation will show current and potential parents that we are doing the right thing."
NAEYC, founded in 1926, is a civilian academic organization that provides education for all children from birth age to age eight. Its goal is to organize a high quality system of early childhood education. Also, NAEYC approves credit for qualified child care programs so that it can help all people concerned in developing continuous programs. NAEYC's accreditation is regarded as a proof that the accredited program is professional and efficient.
"Our program will benefit the Community because the NAEYC accreditation will elevate the garrison's assessment among the nation," Mohn said. "In addition, since everything we do to earn the accreditation regards taking care of children, our program will help our Servicemembers, Civilians and Families throughout the garrison to get better child care service."
USAG Yongsan's CYSS provides programs such as; hourly child care programs for both full and part day, before and after school care programs, middle school and teen programs, family child care, and school support services.