FARMINGTON — The Sweatt-Winter Child Care and Early Education Center on the University of Maine at Farmington campus was recently notified by the National Association for the Education of Young Children that its early childhood program has once again been awarded full NAEYC accreditation.

“We are thrilled to again receive national recognition for the quality of our program,” said Edna Montague, director of the UMF Sweatt-Winter Center, in a press release. “Only about 10 percent of children’s centers nationally receive NAEYC accreditation and that really says a lot about Sweatt-Winter’s commitment to provide the best child care experience possible.”

The NAEYC — the world’s largest professional organization working on behalf of young children — sets and monitors standards for high-quality early childhood education programs and accredits programs that meet those standards. The center met 100 percent of the criteria in each of 10 program standards including teaching, assessment of child progress, curriculum, physical environment and relationship with parents and family. In addition to its score in each standard, the child-care center also received additional credit in multiple areas for meeting emerging criteria not yet required by the accreditation process.

The program has provided full-time care and education to children in Franklin County and the surrounding areas for 30 years.

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