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WCTC earns NAEYC accreditations for ECE program, Child Development Center

PEWAUKEE, Wis. (Wednesday, July 11, 2018) – Two facets of early childhood at Waukesha County Technical College recently earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The Early Childhood Education (ECE) associate degree program -- which trains students for careers with young children, and the Child Development Center and Lab (CDC) – which is the on-campus child care facility for children ages 6 weeks through 8 years, both received prestigious accreditations.

“NAEYC is the gold standard in national accrediting bodies for early care and education facilities,” said Joan Hader, associate dean of Education and Human Services. “The Child Development Center joins the ECE Associate of Applied Science degree program in this prestigious distinction.”

The NAEYC focuses on improving the well-being of young children, with particular emphasis on the quality of educational and development services for children from birth through age 8.

  • Early Childhood Education associate degree program

The College’s ECE program earned the NAEYC accreditation for demonstrating evidence of Excellence in Professional Preparation Standards. WCTC is the second technical college in the state to have its ECE program accredited. This program prepares students for jobs such as early care and education teachers, teaching assistants, program directors and related positions.

  • Child Development Center (CDC)

The Child Development Center and Lab received NAEYC Early Learning Program Accreditation for its commitment to quality early learning. The center provides care and early childhood education to the children of College students, staff and community members. It also serves as a learning lab for WCTC students enrolled in the ECE program. Besides the NAEYC accreditation, the CDC has a 5-star rating from Youngstar – Wisconsin’s Quality Rating Improvement System, a program of the Department of Children and Families.

“Achieving this national accreditation for the Child Development Center and Lab acknowledges that our program meets national standards for providing the highest quality education and care for young children,” said Angela Todd, CDC program director, noting areas of focus include curriculum, environments, teaching practices, family and community partnerships, staffing qualifications and program policies. “As a lab school, our ECE students are provided the unique opportunity of being mentored by this highly qualified and experienced staff, and getting first-hand experience to see early childhood education best practices in action.”

To learn more about the College’s ECE associate degree program or the Child Development Center and Lab, visit

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Waukesha County Technical College, the leader in workforce development, prepares learners for success within the region and global economy. The College offers more than 170 areas of study including associate degree, technical diploma, apprenticeship and short-term certificate programs. Customized training for employers is also available. To learn more, visit