Stonington Community Center Preschool Receives Accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children

[Stonington, CT] - The Stonington Community Center (COMO) today announced that its Doris Muller Preschool recently received accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) -- the world’s largest organization working on behalf of young children.

NAEYC accreditation recognizes high-quality learning environments. The process, which took more than two years to complete, is a rigorous one that involves benchmarking on a set of 10 research-based standards. This distinction is not easily achieved, but is highly coveted in the field of early childhood education. More than 7,000 programs are currently accredited by NAEYC—less than 10 percent of all child care centers, preschools, and kindergartens nationally achieve this recognition.  

“Our standard for all our programs is excellence,” COMO Executive Director Beth Stewart said. “This is the bar. NAEYC has publicly recognized this standard within our preschool classroom and team as a result of our education director Priscilla Rouquayrol’s leadership.”

In order to achieve this distinction, a program must meet certain standards for categories such as excellence in curriculum, child assessment, family communication, community collaboration, physical environment and leadership and management. The COMO preschool achieved a 99% pass rate and received commendations in eight of the categories, citing excellence in those areas. The COMO offers a highly-personalized, caring atmosphere, which its preschool teaching staff is proud to be a part of. The COMO staff as a whole prides itself on maintaining excellence in all programming and cultivating interpersonal connections with families, members and the larger community.

“This merit recognizes the COMO’s commitment to excellence and our staff’s hard work,” Stewart said. “We couldn’t be more proud of earning this recognition.”

To learn more about COMO preschool program and the accreditation process, visit the COMO’s website.

About The Stonington Community Center

The Stonington Community Center, fondly known as the COMO, was founded on April 1, 1946 as a nonprofit with the goals of strengthening families and community. The first COMO programs included high school aged basketball, junior baseball teams, arts and crafts classes, teenage weekend dances and more. Over the years the COMO’s 16 acre campus has grown to include its own classrooms, Thrift Shop, tennis courts, art and pottery studio, annex, and soccer fields. The COMO provides a wide range of educational, enrichment, athletic, family and community partnership programs throughout the year. Located at 28 Cutler Street, the Stonington Community Center has become an irreplaceable part of the Stonington community, serving countless children and families of the surrounding areas, regardless of financial need. For more information visitwww.thecomo.org.