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Fox Chase Cancer Center Day-Care Receives National NAEYC Accreditation

Program Among First in Nation to Complete More Rigorous Accreditation Process

PHILADELPHIA (Nov. 2007) — Creative Beginnings, the child-development program for children of Fox Chase Cancer Center employees, is one of the first early-childhood programs to earn accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) under the revised standards. NAEYC is the nation's leading organization of early childhood professionals.

"We're proud to have earned the mark of quality from NAEYC and to be recognized for our commitment to reaching the highest professional standards," said Kathy Winter, director of Creative Beginnings. "NAEYC accreditation lets our families know that children in our program are getting the best care and early learning experiences possible."

To earn NAEYC accreditation under the revised standards, Creative Beginnings went through an extensive self-study, measuring the program and its services against the ten new NAEYC early childhood program standards and more than 400 related accreditation criteria. Creative Beginnings scored 100 percent in seven of the ten program areas with an overall average of 97.3 percent.

In the 20 years since NAEYC accreditation was established, it has become a widely recognized sign of high-quality early childhood education. "The new NAEYC accreditation system raises the bar for preschools, child-care centers and other early childhood programs," said Mark Ginsberg, Ph.D., executive director of NAEYC. "Creative Beginnings' NAEYC accreditation is a sign that they are a leader in a national effort to invest in high-quality early-childhood education and to help give all children a better start."

Fox Chase Cancer Center, part of the Temple University Health System, is one of the leading cancer research and treatment centers in the United States. Founded in 1904 in Philadelphia as one of the nation’s first cancer hospitals, Fox Chase was also among the first institutions to be designated a National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center in 1974. Fox Chase researchers have won the highest awards in their fields, including two Nobel Prizes. Fox Chase physicians are also routinely recognized in national rankings, and the Center’s nursing program has received the Magnet recognition for excellence four consecutive times. Today, Fox Chase conducts a broad array of nationally competitive basic, translational, and clinical research, with special programs in cancer prevention, detection, survivorship, and community outreach.  For more information, call 1-888-FOX CHASE or (1-888-369-2427).

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