Why Accreditation Matters
NAEYC Accreditation is a voluntary system by which programs measure themselves against a national set of standards; the number of programs pursuing NAEYC Accreditation has grown rapidly through the years. From only a few hundred accredited programs in 1988, there are now more than 10,000 NAEYC-accredited programs, serving nearly one million young children! NAEYC Accreditation has been, and continues to be, the mark of quality in early childhood education.
Indiana State Licensing
The YMCA Learning Center is licensed to operate by the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration, Division of Family and Children. We are a Level 4 Paths to Quality rated center – the highest rating awarded by the state. We are also licensed for food service operations with documentation displayed in the kitchen by the Indiana State Board of Health and Child and Adult Care Food Program. To view Indiana Rules for Licensing Child Care Centers, click here and then reference “Rule 4.7.” Our compliance reports can be accessed by logging onto http://www.in.gov/fssa/2552.htm. To learn about the Paths to Quality rating system, click here.
State teacher to child ratios are as follows:
2 years 1:5
30-36 months 1:7
3 years 1:10
4 years 1:12
5 years 1:15
6-12 years 1:20
Our center has been accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) since February, 2001. We are the only NAEYC Accredited center in Ripley, Franklin, and Decatur County. Accredited centers have undergone a comprehensive process of internal self-study, invited external professional review to verify compliance with Criteria for High-Quality Early Childhood Programs, and been found to be in substantial compliance with the Criteria. Visit www.NAEYC.org to learn more about the accreditation process and to see what an NAEYC accredited childcare program can mean for your child.