Mattapan’s James J. Chittick Elementary School was recognized Monday by Boston Public School’s Superintendent Carol R. Johnson for earning accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the nation’s highest mark of quality in early childhood education.
“We’re proud to have earned the mark of quality from NAEYC, and to be recognized for our commitment to reaching the highest professional standards,” said Michelle Burnett-Herndon principal of the Chittick School in a statement. “NAEYC Accreditation lets families in our community know that children in our program are getting the best care and early learning experiences possible.”
Only 8-percent of preschools and early childhood programs nationwide have earned the designation and the Chittick joins 13 other BPS schools that have earned the accreditation. Mattapan’s Ellison/Parks Early Education Center is one of those schools and there are currently 10 more schools in Boston seeking the accreditation.
“The administrators, teachers, staff, students, and families should be very proud of this accomplishment,” said Dr. Johnson in a statement. “We know that NAEYC has very high standards and we are proud that so many of our schools serving the youngest students in our city have met or exceeded those expectations. This is a true testament to the hard work underway at the Chittick.”