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Early Childhood Center-School Year 2016-2017

"Play is the highest expression of human development."
Welcome to The One School At Temple Beth Am, Celebrating the Whole Child. We understand and respect that every child is essentially, ‘the one.’ Every child is unique. The specifics of how we nurture and grow each child are dependent entirely upon the needs of the child. This is how we celebrate each child - by engaging him or her at his or her point of need. The One School partners with every parent to ensure every child is championed and educated as an individual.

The One School is a NAEYC Accredited, Reggio Emilia Nature-inspired school, serving ages 18 months to five years. The One School offers certified teachers, a low student/teacher ratio, an emergent creative curriculum and specialty areas of study including science, art, music, foreign language and nature study. The One School’s curricula are supplemented by young family programs and parenting workshops, an infant and toddler program, Family Center, Summer Camp, after school enrichment classes and an active and instrumental Parent Teacher Organization. A commitment to contribute to the community and the world at large is also a part of the school’s social justice philosophy.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Pride in Our NAEYC Accredited School

With The One School’s NAEYC site visit and assessment now behind us, we can all take a deep breath, a sigh of relief and find the opportunity to celebrate. But as we continue to move forward, we wondered how many of our families really know just what NAEYC is or what kind of prestige being a NAEYC accredited school gives us.

“NAEYC” stands for National Association for the Education of Young Children. It is the world’s largest organization of early childhood educators. NAEYC established its accreditation system to raise the quality of early childhood education, and to help families and others identify high-quality child care centers, preschools, kindergartens and other early childhood programs. NAEYC accredited programs are committed to providing  top-notch educational services to young children and their families. While the accreditation process examines all aspects of a program including health and safety, teacher qualifications and administration, the true focus is on the quality of interactions between teachers and children and the nature of the child’s experience.  To earn accreditation, a center’s programs must comply with national standards of quality that go well beyond state health and safety licensing requirements. The NAEYC accreditation criteria address all aspects of an early childhood education program, including teacher qualifications and development, teacher to child ratios, teacher/child and teacher/family relationships, curriculum, physical environment and health and safety. The school is reviewed by a national commission of experts in child care and early education. Early childhood programs that substantially comply with the NAEYC guidelines are accredited for a five-year period.

And so, we seek re-accreditation of The One School’s outstanding program. Since our initial accreditation, we have continued to work to maintain a level of quality expected of NAEYC accredited programs. Pursuing NAEYC accreditation demonstrates our commitment to best practices and continuous quality improvement, including ongoing reflection of classroom and program practices.

We hope that this is why you have chosen The One School for your child’s early learning experience. Our mutual support of staff and families makes this school an extraordinarily special place that we can all feel a connection to and pride in what we can accomplish together. Our children are learning every day and for this, we say thank you to each and every family for being the best part of The One School.