Children's Learning Center Earns Middle States Accreditation

Published 05.29.2007


The Children's Learning Center at Pennsylvania College of Technology was recently awarded accreditation by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools through its Commission on Elementary Schools.

The center provides child care and early education for the children of Penn College students and employees. The award was announced by Thomas L. Seidenberger, chair of the Middle States Commission on Elementary Schools, following the commission's April meeting.

To earn MSCES accreditation, the Children's Learning Center completed a rigorous self-evaluation, hosted an evaluation team of independently appointed educators and presented an ongoing strategic plan.

Accreditation signifies that the Children's Learning Center has met the MSCES standards for a quality school. These standards reflect current research and best practices from throughout the education profession. During the term of accreditation, the school community will engage in a commission-directed series of reports or site visits to maintain the vigor of the accreditation process.

The Children's Learning Center has also been accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children since 1998. It is licensed and inspected annually by the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare. In addition to the center's full-time staff, faculty and students from the college's early childhood department, as well as from other academic areas, are involved in the planning and operation of the center.

MSCES, which works with public and private schools from New York to the District of Columbia, in the U.S. Caribbean, and in various locations around the globe, is one of three accrediting commissions of the more than 100-year-old Middle States Association.

The Middle States Association is the second-oldest regional accreditor in the United States, and, in addition to its elementary component, comprises the Commission on Secondary Schools and the Commission on Higher Education, through which Penn College is accredited.

For more information about the Children's Learning Center at Penn College, call (570) 320-8026 or visit on the Web .