Quality and Accreditation
Since 1997, PIC’s child care program has been accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. PIC also participates in Pennsylvania’s Keystone STARS initiative and has maintained a 4-star rating since the program’s inception in 2002.
In 2002, our After School Center was the first school-age program in the Delaware Valley to achieve accreditation by the National School Age Childcare Alliance. PIC’s school age program currently is accredited by the Council on Accreditation.
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Since its founding in 1926, NAEYC has been working to define and improve quality in programs for young children. NAEYC accreditation is recognized nationwide as the mark of quality in early childhood education.
The Delaware Valley Association for the Education of Young Children (DVAEYC) is the regional NAEYC affiliate and a local resource for staff professional development and policy initiatives that advocate for public sector support for early learning programs.
Keystone STARS is a state-funded quality assurance program for child care, PreK Counts and Head Start programs throughout Pennsylvania. The program assigns stars based on increasingly challenging levels of quality, and PIC holds four stars – the highest possible in the system. Participating programs must meet high standards and at least 10% of children served must qualify for state subsidy. Through Keystone STARS, centers receive funding to purchase learning materials, provide high-quality learning environments, support staff professional development, and increase earnings of staff who meet educational requirements.
Council on Accreditation
Council on Accreditation (COA) is the national accreditor of after school programs in the United States. COA knows that programs serving school-age youth are vital and that nationally accepted standards have an impact on young lives.