Ready, Set, Grow! is a childcare quality support initiative designed to dramatically
increase the number of nationally accredited childcare centers in Shelby County.
How does increasing the number of accredited centers affect overall childcare quality?
One of the most widely employed child care quality strategies is support for child
care programs in achieving national accreditation, most commonly from the National
Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). There is a wide acceptance
of NAEYC as a standard-bearer of quality because, while there are individual exceptions,
NAEYC accreditation indicates consistently higher childcare quality for children.
What childcare centers are eligible to participate?
Any licensed Tennessee 2- or 3-Star rated child care center in Shelby County that
has been in business a minimum of 5 years and has approximately 75 or more children
enrolled whose director either holds an Associate's Degree in Early Childhood, Bachelor's
Degree in any field or above, and a minimum of three years experience as a director
is eligible to participate in Ready, Set, Grow!
Who is paying for the program?
The program is funded through The Plough Foundation.
How much does it cost for a center to participate?
Tuition for the University of Memphis courses for directors can be funded in different
ways. Directors can choose to pay their own tuition, employers can pay for directors’
tuition, or directors can apply for tuition assistance through the Tennessee Early
Childhood Training Alliance (TECTA).
NAEYC fees funding is currently available through TECTA and NAEYC to assist with all
four steps of accreditation fees, as well as annual reporting fees.
Why NAEYC as the accreditation program?
Although there are several accreditation programs in the early child care industry,
the National Association for Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is widely accepted
as the national standard.
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