Although Linfield was originally accredited by the NAEYC in 1989, the association enacted stricter guidelines for its voluntary accreditation program. The Linfield Pre-Kindergarten program began the accreditation process two years ago, compiling a portfolio of information addressing ten new standards. Categories include frequent and positive interaction between adults and children, age and developmentally appropriate learning activities, educated and responsive teachers, low adult-to-student ratio, and healthy and safe environment for children, among others. The Linfield program received NAEYC accreditation after an on-site visit from NAEYC representatives to ensure that the ten categories were being met, and is now subject to unannounced visits by NAEYC representatives throughout the next five years.
Susan Sager, director of the program, said the accreditation recognizes Linfield's commitment to the highest professional standards and lets families know that children in the program are getting the best early learning experiences possible.
â€œIt is a quality indicator,â€ Sager said. â€œIt also puts us in a database, so that parents moving from a different area can look up NAEYC accredited programs and find us.â€
Linfieldâ€™s Pre-Kindergarten program was established in 1973 as a non-profit laboratory school to train early childhood education students and to provide a quality preschool program. It is divided into three sessions for four-year-olds and one session for three-year-olds. It has served children from Amity, Carlton, Yamhill, Dayton, Gaston, Lafayette, Sheridan, Willamina and McMinnville. For more information, contact Sager at 503-883-2268.