CSUSM Center for Children and Families Earns Accreditation


Media Contact: Margaret Lutz | mlutz@csusm.edu

The Center for Children and Families (CCF) at California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) announced today that it has been granted accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The center is operated by Childrens' Creative Learning Centers (CCLC®) and accreditation marks a significant achievement for the campus center, which opened in September 2007.

The NAEYC accreditation process was designed to raise the level of early childhood programs across the country and the world. NAEYC has developed high standards for everything from classroom ratios and teacher qualifications to curriculum and program leadership. The CCF accreditation process included a self-study period, a candidacy application, extensive documentation, and a two-day on-site visit from a NAEYC assessor in March 2010. 

"We are proud of this achievement," said CCF Director Francesca Gallozzi. "Earned by fewer than 10 percent of early childhood centers nationwide, this accreditation recognizes the quality program we have created for CSUSM and community families."

The accreditation term is five years.  CCF will submit annual reports until the reaccreditation process begins in 2015.

About California State University San Marcos
California State University San Marcos combines the ambiance of a mid-sized, personal, modern campus with the unequaled value of the California State University. Since its founding in 1989, the campus has distinguished itself. Students benefit from the latest facilities and equipment, a superb faculty that enjoys teaching, and a rigorous academic program that prepares students for a successful life in and out of the workplace. A recent survey reported that our annual spending in the region was $161 million, generating a total impact of $307 million on the regional economy. 85 percent of CSUSM's alumni stay in the region. CSU San Marcos is located on a 304-acre hillside overlooking the city of San Marcos. It is 15 miles east of the ocean; just 30 miles north of downtown San Diego.