The Jefferson College Child Development Center was recently granted state accreditation for the seventh consecutive time by the Missouri Accreditation of Programs for Children and Youth.
The accreditation is effective for four years, through May of 2025, distinguishing Jefferson College as an exemplary program offering high quality programming. It is granted to programs that offer developmentally appropriate experiences in an environment conducive to children flourishing intellectually, emotionally, socially, and physically.
The Jefferson College Child Development Center will be included in the Directory of Accredited Programs, located on the Missouri Accreditation website at www.moaccreditation.org.
According to Center Director Stephanie Cage, accreditation is a process that provides quality standards for public and private programs serving infants through school age children. The standards promote healthy physical, cognitive, social and emotional development. It is a valuable "yardstick" whereby every aspect of a program can be evaluated and it is an assurance for parents that their child is in a program that consistently strives for excellence.
The Center, which is also state licensed, provides a comprehensive, high quality child development program for preschool and school age children, ages 2-12. The program is open to children of students, faculty, staff and the community. Exciting, challenging, meaningful, and fun activities are planned for children each day that help to build a strong foundation for a lifetime of learning.
The Center also serves as a laboratory setting for Area Technical School and College students enrolled in early childhood education coursework, or other curricula related to the care and education of young children. It is the program’s intent to instruct and model theoretical knowledge of learning and human behavior, attitudes that foster learning, knowledge of developmentally appropriate practice, and a repertoire of teaching strategies that help children develop to their maximum potential.
For enrollment information or questions about the Center, call (636) 481-3299 or (636) 481-3298.