CDC scores well on accredidation process Published Jan. 14, 2008 By Josephine Lee Director, Child Development Center ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam -- Recently, Andersen's Child Development Center met and surpassed all required criteria placed upon them by grading officials to receive their re-accreditation for the next five years. This type of inspection is very similar to an Air Force Headquarters inspection but more intense. Everyone from the flight chief down to the caregivers play an important role in the accreditation process. Andersen was assessed on the relationships the Child Development Center provides to promote a child's a sense of belonging between peers, adults and the community. A curriculum must be in place that promotes the children's learning and development in areas such as: social, emotional, physical, cognitive and language. This curriculum must use effective teaching approaches that enhance each child's development, cultural and linguistic areas in the context of the program's curriculum goals. There must also be evidence the program employs and supports a teaching staff with educational qualifications, knowledge and professional commitment to each child and their families. An assessment of child progress must be performed by the officials. The typical assessment uses ongoing, systematic, formal and informal approaches that provide information on children's learning and development to include their strengths and needs. One of the most critical areas of an assessment is the health practices of a CDC. These practices must promote the nutrition and health of children and also protects children and staff from illness and injury. Relationships with the families to ensure that the program is meeting the needs of the children and their families are also assessed. In addition, community relationships by establishing good relationships with agencies and institutions that support the goals for the curriculum, health promotion, children's transitions, inclusion, and diversity of the community we service are assessed. A CDC must create an environment, both indoors and outdoors that fosters the growth and development of the children. The CDC must also provide leadership and management by efficiently and effectively, ensuring that all staff, children, and families are included in the program. In addition to the above, each of the 109 children in the program much have their own portfolio. Each room has to have a classroom portfolio which can range from one to three, depending on the age of the children, and show evidence recorded within a year leading up to the accreditation. Two five-inch program portfolio binders with the required complete up-to-date information are also maintained. Out of the ten areas of assessment, the CDC received a 100 percent plus in six of those areas and 100 percent in the remaining areas. This took hard work and dedication from all involved.