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Renshaw Early Childhood Center receives national accreditation

The Vickie and Dan Renshaw Early Childhood Center has been awarded accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children for a five-year period.

The center, which is part of WKU’s Suzanne Vitale Clinical Education Complex, strives to advance the development and learning potential of young children of all abilities. Research has shown that 80 percent of intelligence develops by the age 8 and that these early years are the most critical periods of brain development.

Toddlers, preschoolers and kindergarten children participate in ECC’s Big Red School where they learn to be successful in a group environment, develop acceptance of diversity, as well as many individualized skills specific to their delays, disabilities, and/or abilities.

Although the ECC serves children with all types of disabilities, more than 50 percent of children with disabilities demonstrate symptoms on the autism spectrum or have an autism diagnosis. ECC uses many strategies and techniques that have been proven to be effective strategies for working with children with autism, such as picture schedules and social stories.

ECC serves 65 to 70 children (15 months through kindergarten) from Warren and surrounding counties through integrated developmental play groups. Groups are composed of children with delays/disabilities and children who are typically developing.  Group size is approximately 12 children with one or two lead teachers and two or three WKU student workers or graduate assistants. Student workers are pursuing degrees in child or family studies, interdisciplinary early childhood education (IECE), exceptional education, communication disorders, psychology or social work.  ECC also serves as a field site for practicum and intern students as well as IECE student teachers.

Upcoming Renshaw ECC events: You can help support the Renshaw Early Childhood Center by participating in two upcoming fundraising events. A charity golf scramble will be held July 15 at Crosswinds Golf Course in Bowling Green. Kidz Jam 2011 will be held July 30 at Chaney’s Dairy Barn. More information is available online.

About NAEYC: Founded in 1926, The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is the world’s largest organization working on behalf of young children with nearly 80,000 members, a national network of more than 300 state and local Affiliates, and a growing global alliance of like-minded organizations. NAEYC convenes thought leaders, teachers and other practitioners, researchers, and other stakeholders and sets standards of excellence for programs and teachers in early childhood education.

Contact: Lisa Murphy, (270) 745-4125 or Ericka Powell, (270) 745-2773.

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