Mugu CDC earns 5-year accreditation

Sharon Nash, director of the Child Development Center at Naval Base Ventura County, Point Mugu, shows some of the reams of paperwork pored over during the accreditation process. The facility received a five-year accreditation, with nearly all the categories earning 100 percent ratings.

Photo by Andrea Howry / Lighthouse

Sharon Nash, director of the Child Development Center at Naval Base Ventura County, Point Mugu, shows some of the reams of paperwork pored over during the accreditation process. The facility received a five-year accreditation, with nearly all the categories earning 100 percent ratings.

Daniela Juarez, a preschool teacher at the Child Development Center, Naval Base Ventura County, Point Mugu, reviews letters of the alphabet with her students. The facility recently received a five-year accreditation.

Photo by Andrea Howry / Lighthouse

Daniela Juarez, a preschool teacher at the Child Development Center, Naval Base Ventura County, Point Mugu, reviews letters of the alphabet with her students. The facility recently received a five-year accreditation.

The Child Development Center (CDC) at Naval Base Ventura County (NBVC) Point Mugu has received a five-year accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children, earning a near-perfect score in the process.

“We were jazzed,” said Sharon Nash, director of the facility, which serves 60 children. “This has been a six-month process, and I am so relieved.”

The center received 100 percent or 100-percent-plus ratings in all but one of the 10 program categories. In curriculum, it received a 97 percent rating. Facilities must score at least an 80 percent rating in these categories to be accredited.

In the classroom category, the Point Mugu CDC received 99 percent scores for preschool and toddler classrooms and a 97 percent score for infants. A 70 percent score is required for certification.

When the CDC was last certified five years ago, the system was a pass-fail.

“We didn’t know what to expect,” Nash said. “So when we saw these scores, we all felt great. We know how long and how hard everyone worked to earn this.”

The CDC at NBVC Port Hueneme went through this process two years ago.

“They helped us with training and with the portfolios, and they conducted a mock inspection so we’d know what to expect,” Nash explained. “We had a lot of interaction. We worked as a team.”

Nash set up a temporary display with the many binders and files that were involved in the certification process. Each classroom and each program had a portfolio. There were assessments, self-assessments, facility assessments, even a section on how the CDC uses community resources.

“The assessors were here from the time we opened at 6 a.m. until the time we closed at 5:30 p.m.,” Nash said. “They spent an hour in each classroom, examined the playgrounds and checked out the structures.”

They also looked through binder after binder and folder after folder.

“If something was missing, we had one hour to find it,” Nash said. “We ended up with three things missing, and we found each one within 10 minutes.”

The Point Mugu CDC has an infant program for children ages 6 weeks to 1 year, a pre-toddler program for 1- and 2-year-olds; a toddler program for 2- and 3-year olds and a preschool program for children ages 3 to 5.

For more information on the CDC programs or the certification process, call 989-3675.

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