By Lanessa Hill
USAG Public Affairs
Nothing is more important to a parent that depends on childcare than the safety and well-being of their child. The Fort Detrick Child Development Center continues to provide this peace of mind to the mothers and fathers of Fort Detrick by once again gaining the National Association for the Education of Young Children accreditation.
NAEYC Accreditation means our programs are high quality and provide a safe and nurturing environment while promoting development. Accreditation lasts five years and can only be obtained after undergoing a thorough inspection of curriculum, staff, nutrition, environment and ongoing relationships.
Applicants must score at least 70 percent in their overall assessments. This year Fort Detrick's highest score was 95 percent.Center Director, Wendee Bitto said, “Thanks to the hard work and dedicated staff at the CDC, many of which have been here for a long time, that this important accreditation is possible.”
NAEYC accredited programs must promote positive relationships, implement a curriculum that fosters all areas of child development, have effective teaching approaches, provide ongoing assessments of the progress of the children, promote nutrition and health, establish and maintain collaborative relationships with families and provide a safe, healthy environment with the support of the community.
Fort Detrick has three programs the Child Development Center, Child Youth and School Services and the Teen Center. The CDC accepts infants thru kindergarten, CYSS from ages 6-12 and the teen center from grades 6-12.
Almost everyone who works at Fort Detrick is eligible to enroll their children. When comparing our facilities to others that are accredited, the cost does not compare. Discounts are even given to families with more than one child and parents can drop in visit their children throughout the day.
The facility is also fully camera monitored to provide an extra sense of parental comfort. All facilities offer tours to prospective parents who are searching for quality childcare.
Individuals can also visit: www.detrick.army.mil/cyss/frederick/index.cfm for more information on the programs offered.