Marion, IN – Carey Services has earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) – the nation’s leading organization of high-quality early childhood professionals and programming. This accreditation was earned for the Grant and Blackford classroom programming provided by Carey Services, and this adds value to the early childhood partnerships and services in those two counties.

“We’re proud to have earned the mark of quality from NAEYC, and to be recognized for our commitment to this community and the children as we reach the highest professional standards for early childhood education,” said Cathy Queen, director of Early Head Start at Carey Services. “NAEYC Accreditation lets families in our community know children in our high-quality program have teachers who create engaging classrooms, enhance relationships with their parents and families, and develop rich experiences for their students to assure they are school ready for Grant and Blackford County schools,” Queen added.

Carey Services serves 48 children ages 1-3 and their families in classroom settings in Grant and Blackford County, as well as 82 children ages 0-3 and families in home-based programming. Carey Services has provided the Early Head Start program since 1998 and routinely receives high marks in State and Federal reviews. In earning accreditation through NAEYC, Carey Services is now eligible to achieve a Level IV Paths to Quality – the highest level of quality for childcare in Indiana. Queen notes, “I anticipate achieving the Level IV Paths to Quality by the end of May of this year.”  The mission statement for the Carey Services Early Head Start program is, “To empower parents to support and nurture their children, while meeting their social and economic goals.”

To earn NAEYC Accreditation, Carey Services Early Head Start went through a voluntary, extensive self-study process, measuring the program and its services against ten NAEYC Early Childhood Program Standards and more than 400 related Accreditation Criteria. The program received NAEYC Accreditation after an on-site visit by NAEYC Assessors to ensure that the program meets each of the ten program standards. NAEYC-accredited programs are also subject to unannounced visits during their accreditation, which lasts for five years.

“It’s a lengthy and rigorous process to achieve NAEYC Accreditation, and we are proud to meet these high standards for children and families in Grant and Blackford County,” said Jim Allbaugh, president and ceo for Carey Services. “Carey Services is focused on assuring optimal brain development is achieved in the first few years of life to set a child’s path for success in school and in life.”

In the 25 years since NAEYC Accreditation was established, it has become a widely recognized sign of high-quality early childhood education. Carey Services is now one of over 7,000 programs currently accredited by NAEYC, nationwide.

The NAEYC Accreditation system has set voluntary professional standards for programs for young children since 1985. In September 2006, the Association revised program standards and criteria to introduce a new level of quality, accountability, and service for parents and children in child care programs. The new standards today reflect the latest research and best practices in early childhood education and development.

Carey Services is a community based, human services organization assisting individuals and families to turn abilities and barriers into opportunities by providing individualized services, education, and advocacy.

Carey Services is the Arc Chapter and Early Head Start provider for Grant and Blackford counties. Carey Services is a United Way organization in both counties. Supports and services are determined through person-centered planning, where consumers and their families direct the planning and allocation of resources to meet their individual life goals.  Call 765-668-8961 or visit for more information to seek services or employment opportunities.  Individuals can also visit the Carey Services, Inc. Facebook page

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Contact:  James (Jim) Allbaugh
President / CEO
Carey Services, Inc.
2724 S. Carey Street
Marion, IN  46953
765.668.8961 ext. 102
765.610-5221 (mobile)

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