Early Learning Lab Receives National Accreditation

Tri County Tech Early Learning Lab is Bartlesville’s only NAEYC-accredited childcare facility

Tri County Tech Early Learning Lab has earned prestigious 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 is a rigorous and transformative quality-improvement system that uses ten research-based standards to collaborate with early education programs to recognize and drive quality improvement in high-quality early learning environments. In the 30 years since NAEYC Accreditation was established, it has become a widely recognized sign of high-quality early childhood education. NAEYC currently accredits more than 6,000 programs—less than 10 percent of all childcare centers, preschools, and kindergartens nationally achieve this recognition.

“I have some of the best educators! Their dedication to providing high-quality care is evident daily. The connection between the Early Learning Lab and the Early Care and Education program is mutually beneficial. It benefits the children and families we serve and provides valuable training for students aspiring to become professionals in the early childhood field. This collaboration creates a nurturing environment where students can gain practical experience while positively impacting the lives of the children and families we serve,” Jolene Bryant, Early Learning Lab Director/Early Care & Education Instructor

Tri County Tech Early Learning Lab is Bartlesville’s only NAEYC-accredited childcare facility. Providing quality care for children and training early care professionals are the first and foremost goals of the Early Learning Lab. Much like a training hospital, the ELL was designed to be a top-tier training facility for high school students, allowing them to gain hands-on, real-world experience. To earn NAEYC Accreditation, the Early Learning Lab went through an extensive self-study and quality-improvement process, followed by an on-site visit by NAEYC Assessors to verify and ensure that the program met each of the ten program standards and hundreds of corresponding individual criteria. NAEYC-accredited programs are always prepared for unannounced quality-assurance visits during their accreditation term, which lasts for five years.

“NAEYC-Accredited programs have committed to a process that takes time, energy, and dedication to complete,” states Alissa Mwenelupembe, Senior Director of Early Learning Program Accreditation. “The Tri County Tech Early Learning Lab has demonstrated their commitment to young children and their families.”

For more information about NAEYC Accreditation, visit the NAEYC website.

About The Tri County Tech

We’re one of Oklahoma’s first CareerTech schools and have a steadfast spirit for innovation and improvement – driving economic development since 1967. Our devotion to each other, our students, and the life-changing learning we provide fuels our pursuit of excellence. We call this the “Tri County Way.” We have locations in Bartlesville, Pawhuska, and Nowata, Oklahoma. Tri County Tech is part of the Oklahoma CareerTech system, which offers programs and services in 29 technology center districts and operates on 59 campuses across the state. CareerTech plays a vital role in developing a world-class workforce for Oklahoma employers and prepares Oklahomans to succeed in the workplace, in education, and life.