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Title
Our Children’s Learning Center Wins
Start Date
02/16/2011
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St. Joseph Mercy Oakland’s Children’s Learning Center Wins National Accreditation For Seventh Consecutive Year

Children’s Learning Center Joins Eight Percent
of Nation’s Child Care Centers That Earn Accreditation

Pontiac, Mich.—St. Joseph Mercy Oakland (SJMO)’s The Children’s Learning Center (CLC) has earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)—the nation’s leading organization of early childhood professionals—for the seventh consecutive year.

Opened in 1983 and designed by the Early Childhood Department at the former Mercy College of Detroit (now University of Detroit-Mercy) and licensed by the State of Michigan, The CLC serves infants toddlers, preschool and pre-kindergarten-age children. In summer, a School Age Summer Program is offered for children in grades one, two and three. In winter, The CLC offers associates child care when their child’s school is closed due to inclement weather. Since its founding, the school has never closed because of bad weather.

Teachers are trained in Early Childhood Development, and the curriculum is aligned with the State of Michigan Standards for Infant, Toddler and Pre-Kindergarten.

“The accreditation of The Children’s Learning Center is another testament to St. Joseph Mercy Oakland’s excellence in providing quality programs and services for the community,” said Jack Weiner, SJMO President and CEO. “We are proud to be recognized by such an important national organization for our commitment to high quality child care and education.”

To earn NAEYC accreditation, The CLC went through an extensive self-study process, measuring the program and its services against the 10 NAEYC Early Childhood Program Standards and more than 400 related accreditation criteria. The program received NAEYC accreditation after an onsite visit by NAEYC assessors to ensure that the program meets each of the 10 program standards. NAEYC-accredited programs also are subject to unannounced visits during their accreditation, which lasts for five years. The CLC Program and Classroom Portfolios far surpassed the benchmark for accreditation status with 98 percent compliance. Eighty percent is required. Its current accreditation status expires in 2016.

More than 7,000 programs are currently accredited by NAEYC—about 8 percent of all preschools and other early childhood programs.

Services are available to SJMO associates, affiliated individuals and members of the community. Brian White is the director of The CLC. The center is open 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Spaces are available for children of all ages.

For more information, contact Brian White at whiteb@trinity-health.org or Kim Francis at francisk@trinity-health.org or call the center at 248-858-6667.

About St. Joseph Mercy Oakland
St Joseph Mercy Oakland is a 443-bed comprehensive, community, teaching hospital and a long-time leader in health care in Oakland County. Founded in 1927 by the Sisters of Mercy, St. Joseph Mercy Oakland has won numerous local and national awards for patient safety, quality and performance, and consistently ranks in the top 10 percent of hospitals nationwide. A member of the Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, St Joseph Mercy Oakland is a technologically leading hospital that combines advanced medicine and personal care to assist patients on their path to wellness. With dedicated physicians, nurses and hospital staff committed to providing quality care throughout the patient stay, St Joseph Mercy Oakland has truly personalized the patient care experience.

For more information about health services offered at St. Joseph Mercy Oakland, please visit stjoesoakland.org

About Saint Joseph Mercy Health System
Saint Joseph Mercy Health System (SJMHS) is a newly expanded health care organization serving southeast Michigan. Health coverage spans six counties, including Livingston, Macomb, Oakland, St. Clair, Washtenaw and Wayne. It includes 537-bed St. Joseph Mercy in Ann Arbor, 443-bed St. Joseph Mercy Oakland in Pontiac, 304-bed St. Mary Mercy in Livonia, 136-bed St. Joseph Mercy Livingston in Howell, 119-bed St. Joseph Mercy Port Huron, 113-bed Chelsea Community Hospital and 74-bed St. Joseph Mercy Saline. Combined, the seven hospitals are licensed for 1,726 beds, have five outpatient health centers, five urgent care facilities, more than 25 specialty centers; employ more than 14,000 individuals and have a medical staff of nearly 2,700 physicians.

A member of Trinity Health, the nation’s fourth largest Catholic health care organization, SJMHS is committed to providing a remarkable patient experience by using leading edge technology in a comforting and healing environment. As a mission based organization, Saint Joseph Mercy Health System provides approximately $100 million in community benefit to the communities it serves each year.

For more information on health services offered at Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, please visit stjoeshealth.org.

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