Childcare center earns national accreditation

Hanover College’s Center for Child Development has earned national accreditation from the National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC).

Hanover’s center, which opened in August 1992, serves children of the College’s faculty and staff, as well as community members. With nearly 200 licensed childcare facilities in an 11-county region in southern Indiana, Hanover now ranks as one of just two earning the national accreditation.

“Accreditation lets families we serve, and the public, know we are committed to reaching the highest level of quality care,” said Sheila Barron, director of Hanover’s center. “I feel lucky and honored to work with teachers who want to work with young children and want to give these children the best experience every day.”

The NAFCC sponsors the only nationally recognized accreditation system designed specifically for family child care providers. In states where quality rating systems have been implemented, such as Indiana, NAFCC accreditation is often the top level and reflects all aspects of the family child care program such as relationships, environment, developmental learning activities, safety and health, and professional and business practices.

Hanover’s child development center is licensed for 16 children in the preschool program and 12 in its infant/toddler program. The center serves ages six weeks through five years with age-appropriate curriculum addressing all areas of learning. The neighboring facilities feature individual lesson plans that explore the Hanover campus and all it has to offer. In addition, Hanover students who take related courses are able to work with the center to gain experience.

Joining Barron on the staff are Kim Lyons and Erica Rohrig, who guide the preschoolers, and Jessica Brawner and Kim Vest, who lead the infant/toddler program.

“The five of us wanted to reach this goal and could not have done it without dedication,” adds Barron. “You could not reach this goal without extreme love for what you do and that is what we all have.”

The College's child development center is open daily from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.