On-site daycare gets top marks
The Fermilab daycare earned kudos for its positive teacher-student interactions seen here in a 2005 file photo.
The Fermilab on-site daycare earned national accreditation by the National Accreditation Commission for Early Care and Education Programs.
This recognition certifies that the daycare's early childhood programs "exemplify high standards in care and education." The commission commented on the daycare's overall compliance to national standards and the strong, positive teacher-child interactions.
"They talked about their review to us and it was really a learning environment," said Kay Van Vreede, head of the Workforce Development and Resources section. "We're really excited about this."
The accreditation helps the laboratory meet DOE standards and strengthens the laboratory's reputation as one of the best places to work in Chicagoland.
"Going through the process of accreditation has definitely been a group effort," said Pattie Hedrick, daycare head. "The staff at the center consistently works to ensure that the quality of child care offered at the center meets national standards. We have also been fortunate to have had a lot of support from Fermilab management, the families of the children enrolled at the center and many departments here at Fermilab."
To receive accreditation, the daycare submitted a self evaluation and then commission members interviewed staff and parents, reviewed daycare documents and made visits to classrooms. Reviewers critiqued the daycare in five areas: family engagement, interactions, health and safety, curriculum and administration.
Associate Head of ES&H Martha Michels, who had a child go through the daycare program, said she wasn't surprised at all that the daycare got such high marks.
"It's a great daycare," she said.