Smithfield's Dr. Day Care earns national accreditation

Smithfield's Dr. Day Care earns national accreditation

SMITHFIELD - Dr. Day Care Learning Center has earned national accreditation from the National Early Childhood Program Accreditation.

Mary Ann Shallcross Smith, CEO and president of Dr. Day Care, said in a press release, "Receiving accreditation from NECPA signifies that Dr. Day Care Learning Center is a leader in early childhood education. National accreditation shows our community and families that we strive to offer the highest level of care and early learning experiences for children."

Dr. Day Care completed an extensive self-study process and measured the program and its services against the NECPA standards, which assess quality in the areas of adult and child interaction, staff qualifications, health and safety, physical environment, administration, and parent and community relationships.

Early childhood programs must be in operation for at least one full year before seeking NECPA accreditation, a voluntary process for licensed early childhood centers in the state.

According to the press release, the NECPA National Accreditation Council and Commission determined that Dr. Day Care "joins a select group of early childhood care and education programs nationwide and internationally which have shown an exceptional commitment to professional and programmatic quality through accreditation."