There are two accredited childcare centers in the town of Southington -- Margaret Griffin (located at Derynoski Elementary School) and Penny's Playground. In the State of Connecticut, there are 460 accredited child care centers.
Quality early childhood care and education programs have been found to enhance cognitive, emotional, and social development, especially among preschoolers from low-income families. Participation in such programs can lead to better kindergarten achievement, lower rates of grade retention and special education placement as well as high rates of high school graduation.
Children who do NOT receive a high quality, early childhood education are more likely to:
Drop out of school -- 25%
Become a teen parent -- 40%
Be placed in special education -- 50%
Never attend college -- 60%
Arrested for a violent crime -- 70%
Two key components of effective early childhood programs are:
- Parent Involvement
- Quality in Service Delivery (as defined by staff-child ratios, group size, and caregiver education/training, continuity and compensation)
A widely recognized standard of quality for center-based childcare programs is accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The ECCS will investigate the reasons behind why other center based child care facilities in the community have not sought to obtain this level of accreditation and encourage them to consider seeking it.