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Nicolet College - Child Care Center earns national accreditation

Nicolet Child Care Center/Early Childhood Education Lab
earns five-year accreditation from national association


The Nicolet College Child Care Center/Early Childhood Education Lab has earned a five-year accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the nation’s leading organization of early childhood professionals.

“We are proud to be accredited by the national association and recognized for our commitment to reaching the highest professional standards,” says Michelle Conrath, Nicolet Child Care Center director. “This accreditation lets families in our communities know that children in our program are getting the best care and early learning experiences and that students in the college’s associate degree program are receiving a top-notch education.”

Every year Early Childhood Education students working on their associate degrees at Nicolet earn required credits at the center by planning activities and observing staff. About 50 children, ages two to six, attend the Child Care Center every year.

The national association created its accreditation program in 1985 to set professional standards for early childhood education, and to help families identify high-quality childcare and early education programs. To earn accreditation, the Nicolet program conducted a self-study to determine how well it met the 10 standards of accreditation, which focus on advancing student learning, development, and safety. The program was also observed by independent, professional validators, and then reviewed by a national panel.

Child Care Center staff

Nicolet College Child Care Center staff include, left to right, Michelle Conrath, Child Care Center director; Vicki Severson, assistant director; Brandi Neri, teacher; Connie Winters, teacher; Nicki Flannery, teacher; and Ruth Lesch, teacher.