Vanderbilt’s Susan Gray School honored with national accreditation

The Susan Gray School, part of Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College of education and human development, has achieved national accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Susan Gray School is one of the first programs in the nation to achieve accreditation under NAEYC new, more extensive and more stringent standards, which were released in the fall of 2006.

Trying to find the highest-quality program for their child can overwhelm parents choosing an early childhood education program. NAEYC accreditation is a mark of quality that families can look for when making this tough decision.

To achieve NAEYC accreditation, early childhood education programs volunteer to be measured against stringent national standards for education, health and safety. More than 8,000 early childhood education programs around the U.S. were accredited under the old system, and each must re-apply for accreditation to meet the new standards.

The Susan Gray School was granted the new NAEYC accreditation on Nov. 30, 2008. The accreditation is valid until Nov. 30, 2013.

For nearly four decades, the Susan Gray School has served young children with developmental disabilities and young children who are at risk for developmental delay. The school has the distinction of being the first nationally recognized early intervention program to include typically developing children in educational settings with children with disabilities.

More information about the Susan Gray School is available at

J. Luke Webb contributed to this release.

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