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National Accreditation for U of M’s Lipman Early Childhood School is Renewed Again

For release: May 3, 2013
For press information, contact Gabrielle Maxey, 901-678-2843

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) has renewed the accreditation for another five years of the Barbara K. Lipman Early Childhood School and Research Institute at the University of Memphis.  The latest accreditation is valid until May 1, 2018.

Accredited since 1986, the School provides pre-school education for 90 children ages 2-6 and on-site training for almost 100 U of M students from the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences, the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Nursing, and the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders.

The NAEYC evaluates schools on a number of criteria, including the qualifications of teachers and administrators, curriculum, classroom teaching, students’ health, a school’s involvement with students’ families, relationships with other community organizations and resources, physical environment, and leadership and management.  The Lipman School scored perfectly or very high for all criteria; it was especially commended in the areas of assessment, teachers, families, community relationships, and leadership and management.

Early childhood programs that are accredited by the NAEYC are those that have voluntarily undergone a comprehensive process of internal self-study and improvement.  The NAEYC only accredits programs that provide a safe and nurturing environment while promoting the development of young children.  Accredited programs make annual reports to the NAEYC, and they are subject to unannounced visits by NAEYC assessors.

The Lipman School has been an integral part of the University of Memphis since 1947, when it was founded as Highland Preschool.

The U of M College of Education, Health and Human Sciences boasts a distinguished faculty of 124 full-time scholars in four departments, six research centers and six research laboratories.  It also houses one of the University’s Centers of Excellence – the Center for Research in Educational Policy –  along with the staff of the College’s two laboratory schools – the Campus School, grades one through five, and the Barbara K. Lipman Early Childhood School and Research Institute, for children ages 2-6.  The College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences is the oldest college at the University of Memphis and is one of Tennessee’s largest producers of certified teachers.

For more information, call 901-678-2120.

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