Thanks to the vision of the Child Development Department, the laboratory school was established using the National Academy of Early Childhood Programs' program quality criteria. The lab school was accredited during its second year of operation. The first reaccreditation was received this past October. The laboratory school also received Exemplary Program Status when its Campus program became one of the California Department of Education's state preschool programs in 1996.
GCC's is accredited by the National Academy of Early Childhood Programs. This means we have voluntarily undergone a comprehensive process of internal self-study, invited external professionals to verify compliance with the academy's criteria for high-quality early childhood programs, and have been found to be in substantial compliance with the criteria. A copy of the criteria can be obtained from the academy or from the Lab School office. According to the academy, the Lab School meets the standards for a high-quality early childhood program. This is a rare and distinct honor. The academy defines a high-quality early childhood program as one that provides a safe and nurturing environment while promoting the physical, social, emotional and intellectual development of young children.
In accredited programs you will see:
- frequent, positive, warm interactions among adults and children
- planned learning activities appropriate to children's age and development, such as block building, painting, reading stories, dress-up and active outdoor play
- specially trained teachers
- enough adults to respond to individual children
- many varied age-appropriate materials
- a healthy and safe environment for children
- nutritious meals and/or snacks
- regular communication with parents who are welcome
- visitors at all times
- effective administration
- ongoing, systematic evaluation