The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) holds the highest standards for quality in early childhood programs in the United States.
Only programs that endure the demanding accreditation process of self-study assessments and meet stringent candidacy requirements have the
true "mark of quality".
Commerce Children's Center is such a program. In 1992 we were one of the first centers in Colorado to be accredited. Since that time we've received four successive accreditations. Most recently our average score for meeting classroom criteria exceeded 95%.
Qualistar is a statewide initiative to measure the quality of child care centers. Qualistar scores 5 components of a program:
► The Learning Environment,
► Family Partnerships,
► Training and Education of Staff,
► Teacher-to-Child Ratios and group sizes and
► NAEYC accreditation status.
Qualistar rates programs on a scale of 0 to 4 with 4 being highest. Commerce Children's Center earned a score of 4 stars.
In addition to program excellence, some of our staff have been singled out for recognition. Two notable awards are:
“At 10 months old, our baby was not rolling over, sitting up, crawling, reacting socially, or showing any curiosity about her environment…in previous care setting, she had been left in her crib all day. So, Jackie went to work.” Eventually, through Jackie’s intervention, the child went on to meet all normal developmental milestones.
Best Child Care Center Recipe for 100 Children, National Child Care Association
Shirley Smith, CCC Kitchen Supervisor
“Shirley has been cooking for the Center for more than 20 years ... what a treat for so many families and staff. She regularly receives compliments on her spotless work space, her wonderful nutritious meals and especially her 'Mac and Cheese'.