Licensing

MCNS is licensed by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.  License renewal occurs every two years; our current license expires in April 2017.

Accreditation

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The school received its first accreditation from the Academy for Early Childhood Program Accreditation (a division of the National Association for the Education of Young Children – NAEYC) in 1991.   It was re-accredited in 2013.  Accreditation is awarded for five years.

MCNS continues to be one of only two early childhood programs in either Washington Heights or Inwood that is accredited by NAEYC. 

The NAEYC brochure that describes accreditation states the following:

"All NAEYC-Accredited programs must

  • Promote positive relationships for all children and adults to encourage each child's sense of individual worth.
  • Implement a curriculum that fosters all areas of child development: cognitive, emotional, language, physical and social.
  • Use developmentally, culturally, and linguistically appropriate and effective teaching approaches.
  • Provide ongoing assessments of a child's learning and development and communicate the child's progress to the family.
  • Promote the nutrition and health of children and project children and staff from illness and injury.
  • Employ and support a teaching staff that has the educational qualifications, knowledge, and professional commitment necessary to promote children's learning and development and to support families' diverse interests and needs.
  • Establish and maintain collaborative relationships with each child's family.
  • Establish relationships with and use the resources of the community to support achievement of program goals.
  • Provide a safe and healthy physical environment.
  • Implement strong personnel, fiscal, and program management policies so that all children, families, and staff have high-quality experiences."
  • Excerpted from NAEYC Brochure #917

    For more information about the standards and NAEYC Accreditation, you can access the website www.families.naeyc.org.