Thursday, August 13, 2009

Letter From NAEYC Facilitator - Mary Wonderlick

Pete and April, hooray for your immediate, impassioned stand and activism .....

I just checked our NAEYC web site - our national EC org -- National Association for the Education of Young Children -- and learned that this center is one of the few in your area to be accredited. Accreditation by NAEYC is not easy to get or maintain and, in the early childhood world, is an indicator/marker of quality.

from the site

Since 1985, NAEYC has offered a national, voluntary accreditation system to set professional standards for early childhood education programs, and to help families identify high-quality programs. Today, NAEYC Accreditation represents the mark of quality in early childhood education. Over 8,000 child care programs, preschools, early learning centers, and other center- or school-based early childhood education programs are currently NAEYC-Accredited. These programs provide high quality care and education to nearly one million young children in the United States, its territories, and programs affiliated with the United States Department of Defense.

here's the link NAEYC ACADEMY

so, power to the people -- incite others to lead with you

Mary Wonderlick

MARY N. WONDERLICK, M.A. Learning Disabilities, is a facilitator of the NAEYC At Risk and Special Needs Interest Forum and also holds positions on IL AEYC and IDEC boards and committees.
Now an EC / ECSE consultant, she retired from the Chicago Public Schools Pre School for All Community Partnership Programs as an Early Childhood Special Education teacher who provided program and staff support services in classroom/behavior management, curricular modifications and referral for evaluation. Mary’s experiences cover self-contained early childhood special education, State Pre K, Head Start and Child Care programs including children with special needs.
As a consultant to the Center for Early Childhood Leadership, Mary was an ECERS assessor; currently she consults in the child care community giving technical assistance for the Quality Rating System. Mary provides professional development trainings for the Chicago Public Schools, CCR&R’s and Starnet (Nectas) Region V.
In the area of adult education, she has been a Professional Development Coach supporting new teachers and has taught at the college level. Mary presents on a variety of topics at local and national conferences: ADHD, behavior, learning needs / learning differences, sensory processing, learning environments, the development of prewriting and the concept of time. She is one of the authors of the brochure "Finding an Appropriate Preschool for your child with special needs".

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