Two Day Nursery centers among best in nation

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Day Nursery Federal Center 575 N. Pennsylvania

Two Day Nursery Early Care and Education Centers have once again earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) – the nation’s leading organization of early childhood professionals. 

“We’re proud to have again earned the mark of quality from NAEYC at these two centers, and to be recognized for our commitment to reaching the highest professional standards,” said Carolyn Dederer, Executive Director of the Day Nursery Association of Indianapolis. “I am very proud of our staff at the Day Nursery Start Smart 4 Children at Ft. Harrison and the Day Nursery Federal Center in downtown Indianapolis for achieving this goal. “NAEYC Accreditation lets families in our community know that children in our program are getting the best care and early learning experiences possible.” Day Nursery has been educating the youngest children in Indianapolis for over 110 years. 

Day Nursery at Ft. Harrison, 5545 Herbert Lord Road

To earn NAEYC Accreditation, these two Day Nursery locations went through an extensive Self-Study process, measuring the program and its services against the 10 NAEYC Early Childhood Program Standards and more than 400 related Accreditation Criteria.  The program received NAEYC Accreditation after a site visit by NAEYC Assessors to ensure that the program meets each of the ten program standards.  NAEYC-accredited programs are also subject to unannounced visits during their accreditation, which lasts for five years.

In the 23 years since NAEYC Accreditation was established, it has become a widely recognized sign of high-quality early childhood education.  Almost 8,000 programs, serving one million young children, are currently accredited by NAEYC – approximately 8 percent of all preschools and other early childhood programs.  “The NAEYC Accreditation system raises the bar for preschools, child care centers and other early childhood programs,” said Mark Ginsberg, Ph.D., executive director of NAEYC.  “Day Nursery’s NAEYC Accreditation is a sign that they are a leader in a national effort to invest in high-quality early childhood education, and to help give all children a better start.”

The NAEYC Accreditation system has set voluntary professional standards for programs for young children since 1985.  The NAEYC Accreditation system was created to set professional standards for early childhood education, and to help families identify high-quality preschools, child care centers and other early education programs.  To earn NAEYC Accreditation, a program must meet each of the 10 NAEYC Early Childhood Program Standards.  Programs are accredited by NAEYC for a five-year period.

Currently six of the seven Day Nursery Centers are NAEYC accredited.  The Day Nursery Ruth A. Lilly Center is currently going through the process of working toward its accreditation status.

To learn more about what NAEYC Accreditation is, why it matters, and what parents can expect to see at an NAEYC-Accredited program visit

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  • Sarah Parks

    I am very proud of my Day Nursery Federal Staff for achieving this national recognition! Way to go team!

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