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

PHILADELPHIA (February 24, 2003) — Creative Beginnings, the child development program for children of employees at Fox Chase Cancer Center, has received its second accreditation from the National Association of Educators for Young Children (NAEYC). Only a small percent of early childhood programs nationwide have achieved this prestigious recognition.

NAEYC accreditation is a rigorous, voluntary process by which early childhood programs demonstrate national standards of excellence. Programs seeking accreditation undergo an intensive self-study, collecting information from parents, teachers, administrators and classroom observations. Early childhood professionals conduct an on-site visit to assess the self-study results and a team of national experts reviews all the information and grants or defers accreditation. "The accreditation process carefully considers the health and safety, staffing, staff qualifications, administration and physical environment of the child care center," said Judy Taylor, program director of Creative Beginnings. "The greatest emphasis for accreditation is on the children's relationships with the staff and how the program helps each child grow and learn- intellectually, physically, socially, and emotionally. The accreditation reflects Fox Chase's overall philosophy of providing excellence at every level of the institute."

According to the NAEYC, research supports the value of accredited child care. Children's language and social skills 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.

Established in 1981, Creative Beginnings was one of the first, on-site employee child development centers in the Philadelphia area.

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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