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November 13, 2012

SUNY Delhi day care celebrates building, funding

Staff Report
The Daily Star

---- — The SUNY Delhi day care center has had a lot to celebrate recently. The DC-4 facility recently unveiled a $6.5 million new building on the college campus, and celebrated a new partnership, the Carousel Children’s Program, with The Arc of Delaware County. The center also received a five-year renewal of its accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

The Delhi Campus Child Care Center now offers care for children with developmental disabilities and other special needs served by The Arc. 

 “There’s a real need for a program of this type in Delaware County,” DC-4 Director Karen Wallace said in a media release. “At DC-4, we’re here to support and serve all children and their parents. This program allows us to be as inclusive as possible.”

To earn accreditation, DC-4 conducted an extensive self-study process that measured its services against the 10 NAEYC early childhood program standards and more than 400 related accreditation criteria. It completed the renewal process following an on-site visit by NAEYC on Aug. 22.

“Only 8 percent of all preschools and other early childhood programs are accredited by the NAEYC, so this makes our renewal very rewarding,” Wallace said. “Our staff worked hard to ensure we met the requirements for renewal at our new location.”

DC-4 has been nationally accredited since May 1995 through the National Association for the Education of Young Children. NAEYC is the nation’s largest and most influential organization of early-childhood educators and others dedicated to improving the quality of programs for young children.

The center is one of three in the area, along with day-care centers run in conjunction with the State University College at Oneonta and the State University College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill, to be certified by NAEYC. 

The center offers year-round childcare services for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and school-age children of State University College of Technology at Delhi students, state employees, faculty, staff and community residents. The school-age program provides after-school care and full-day care during school vacations, snow days, and holidays. Tuition is based on a sliding fee scale according to income, with discounts for state employees and SUNY Delhi faculty and staff and funding for income-eligible children of SUNY.