The Family, Consumer and Nutrition Sciences’ Child Development Lab has been awarded the Family and Community Engagement Award of Excellence through ExceleRate Illinois. This award of excellence is one of five awards ExceleRate Illinois invites early childhood programs to apply for. To be eligible for an award of excellence, the early childhood program must be licensed in the Gold Circle of Quality program, must engage in a self-study and address any areas of needed quality improvements, and complete a portfolio assessment process documenting and verifying award standards and criteria. There are over 1,200 Gold Circle of Quality early childhood programs in Illinois, with about 10 of these programs having earned this distinctive award.
The standards articulated in this award of excellence point to early childhood program staff practices, attitudes, and knowledge related to working with families which research indicates, are likely to positively impact family engagement and child development. When family and community partnerships are comprehensive, systemic and integrated across early childhood program foundations and practices, family and community engagement impacts are achieved resulting in children who are healthy and ready for school.
The Child Development Lab is a teaching and research facility for child development and early childhood professionals sponsored by the School of Family, Consumer and Nutrition Sciences. Accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the laboratory provides inclusive, full-day, mixed-age child care in a nurturing and supportive environment.
For further information regarding the Child Development Lab, please visit the website at www.chhs.niu.edu/cdl/ or call 815-753-1150.