Tuesday, May 21, 2024

The Peabody Preschool got a 96 percent accreditation score from the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the city’s public information office, Ini Tomeu, announced Thursday.

This high score — a mark of excellence under the association’s new, rigorous standards — were given on 10 standards ranging from curriculum to parent involvement to health and safety, Tomeu said. The application process, which took a year of preparation, culminated in a site visit where accreditors toured the classroom, observed teaching and reviewed children’s portfolios.

With this latest accreditation, all city Department of Human Service Program Preschools have recognition of high quality, all scoring in the 90th percentile. This accomplishment is even more remarkable as many area preschools have not been awarded accreditation under the new standards or have decided against applying for it, Tomeu said.

“We are very proud of this latest achievement. All of our preschools worked very hard to attain this accreditation,” said Ellen Semonoff, assistant city manager for human services. “The City of Cambridge invests in such early childhood education programs because it understands that early childhood experience – from birth to age 8 – can positively impact children’s healthy development and lifelong learning.”