For release: August 29, 2008
For press information, contact Curt Guenther
The University of Memphis’ College of Education is improving early child care through
its “Ready. Set. Grow!” program, which is spearheading an effort to ensure the highest
quality of care, education, and safety offered through Shelby County child care centers.
The program works with the State of Tennessee to urge local child care centers to
seek out accreditation voluntarily as a way to improve the care they provide to children.
Directors of 33 child care centers in Shelby County will be recognized on Thursday,
Sept. 18, for completing all necessary requirements for accreditation by the National
Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The event will begin at 6
p.m. at the Urban Child Institute, 600 Jefferson Avenue; at 7 p.m. Shelby County Mayor
A C Wharton will preside at the recognition ceremony.
Dr. Deborah A. Moberly, director of “Ready. Set. Grow!” said, “Accreditation requires
determination, which is one of the reasons that “Ready. Set. Grow!,” the University
of Memphis, Memphis Tomorrow, and Shelby County Government will recognize those centers
that have completed the demanding accreditation process.” For more than 80 years,
the NAEYC has worked to raise the quality of programs for all children from birth
through age eight. Its system of accreditation is designed for programs that are committed
to national standards of quality, which include meeting the following:
- The highest standards for excellence in early childhood education
- Rigorous standards for ensuring a safe and healthy environment for children
- Academic requirements for well-trained teachers
- Requirements for excellence in teaching
- Standards for continuous learning
The College of Education (COE) at the University of Memphis licenses more teachers
than any university in Tennessee. It is among a select few in the nation to meet,
without a weakness, National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education standards.
In addition to teacher education, the College offers accredited degree programs in
counseling, educational psychology and research, health and sport sciences and management,
nutrition, and leadership. COE faculty serves the community through more than 1000
days of direct service annually and a rigorous research agenda.
For more information contact:
The University of Memphis
Deborah A. Moberly, Ph.D., Director
Sandy Guntharp, Project Coordinator
Phone: 901-678-5749 or 901-258-5271
“Ready. Set. Grow!” Program
411 South MSU B Street Building 48
Memphis, TN 38152