Children’s Playhouse, Whitman Center, located at 2501 S. Marshall St. in South Philadelphia, earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children —the world’s largest organization working on behalf of young children.

“We’re thrilled to have been recognized for our commitment to reaching the highest professional standards and to have earned the mark of quality from NAEYC,” said Damaris Alvarado-Rodriguez, owner of Children’s Playhouse, Whitman Center, and Children’s Playhouse, Newbold since 2005.

To earn NAEYC Accreditation, Children’s Playhouse, Whitman Center, went through an extensive self-study and quality-improvement process, followed by an on-site visit by NAEYC Assessors to verify and ensure that the program met each of the 10 program standards, and hundreds of corresponding individual criteria. NAEYC-accredited programs are always prepared for unannounced quality-assurance visits during their accreditation term, which lasts for five years.

More than 6,000 programs are currently accredited by NAEYC. Less than 10 percent of all childcare centers, preschools and kindergartens nationally achieve this recognition. 

“NAEYC-accredited programs have committed to a process that takes time, energy and dedication to complete” states Alissa Mwenelupembe, senior director, Early Learning Program Accreditation. “Children’s Playhouse has demonstrated their commitment to young children and their families.”

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