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Fox Chase Cancer Center Day Care Recognized Among Nation's Best

PHILADELPHIA (October 1, 1998) -- Creative Beginnings, the employee day-care program at Fox Chase Cancer Center, has received accreditation from the National Association of Educators for Young Children (NAEYC). Only five percent of early childhood programs nationwide have achieved this prestigious recognition.

NAEYC accreditation is a rigorous, voluntary process by which early childhood programs demonstrate that they meet national standards of excellence. Programs seeking accreditation undergo an intensive self-study, collecting information from parents, teachers, administrators and classroom observations. An on-site visit conducted by early childhood professionals assesses the self-study results. Then a team of national experts reviews all the information and grants or defers accreditation.

"The accreditation process carefully considers health and safety, staffing, staff qualifications, administration and physical environment," said Judy Taylor, program director of Creative Beginnings. "But the greatest emphasis is on the children's relationships with the staff and how the program helps each child grow and learn(intellectually, physically, socially, and emotionally."

Fox Chase parents are quick to confirm the day-care staff's success. "The staff is amazing," said Susan Niskey, an employee of Fox Chase, whose eight-month-old daughter, Peri, attends. "All of the children have the privilege of being respected, and not only respected but loved. I get to see my child thriving, right beside the children of my friends and co-workers. It's phenomenal."

According to the NAEYC, research supports the value of accredited child care. Children's language and social skills especially benefit from the better quality found in NAEYC-accredited programs. These are critical areas for children's success in school as well as in life.

"Fox Chase's constant awareness of high quality gave us the drive to accomplish this," said Taylor. "Now we have something identifiable to show that quality is the goal here as well. We thought we were good before, but now we know, and that is very rewarding."

Established in 1981, Creative Beginnings was one of the first, on-site employee daycare centers in the Philadelphia area. The program's two locations, on Halstead Street and Huntingdon Pike, care for 95 infants and children.

This year children at Creative Beginnings will participate in several extra-curricular projects and programs. The preschool and kindergarten will attend a "Museum Looks and Picture Books" program at the Philadelphia Museum of Art on October 21. Also in store are a hayride to a pumpkin patch and a winter gymnastics program.

Fox Chase Cancer Center is one of 34 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive care centers in the nation. The center's activities include basic and clinical research, prevention, detection, and treatment of cancer and community outreach programs.

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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