AUBURN – The Auburn-Lewiston YMCA board of directors recently adopted a resolution acknowledging the efforts and accomplishments of the YMCA child care staff for their pursuit in providing the highest quality child care center.

The YMCA’s Auburn child care center recently received official notice of its accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the nation’s leading organization of early childhood professionals.

YMCA Board President Beth Shea awarded the resolution to Mary Jipson Perry, YMCA child care director, and said, “Congratulations! You are to be commended for providing a high quality program for young children and their families at both of your child care centers.”

In July the YMCA’s Daisy Garden child care site in Lewiston also received national accreditation. Daisy Garden is located at 96 Campus Ave., where it provides child care for employees of Sisters of Charity Health System, with some slots available for the public.

The accreditation program sets professional standards for early childhood education and to help families identify high quality child care education programs.

To earn accreditation, a program conducts a self-study to determine how well it meets the standards. After necessary improvements are made, the program is observed by independent, professional validators, then reviewed by a national panel. Programs are accredited by the association for a five-year period.

Parents of children in an accredited child care program are eligible for a double child care tax credit.

The Auburn facility is located at the YMCA at 62 Turner St.. For information, contact Mary Jipson Perry at 795-4095.

For more information on the Daisy Garden site, contact Lisa Anctil or Kate Hiss at 753-4832.

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