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United Parish Preschool Receives High Marks

Sandy Leacu, Director of United Parish's Christian Preschool, sits with some of her students.

It's always great when students receive an A+ on their school work. And now, the United Parish Christian Preschool can say it has achieved the same high mark after receiving a perfect score on its recent re-accreditation status from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

The NAEYC awarded the United Parish Preschool a 100 on its re-accreditation score. "It's almost unheard of," said Director of the Preschool Sandy Leacu of the score received. "I'm bubbling over with pride."

According to Leacu, her Preschool must follow both state and federal guidelines. However, it is the federal guidelines through the NAEYC that are much more stringent. Early childhood programs which are accredited by the NAEYC have voluntarily undergone a number of comprehensive evaluations having to do with effective teaching approaches, nutrition and health, the physical environment, curriculum, the staff, and more. In total, 10 different evaluations are taken into account.

Leacu said the Preschool staff must be on top of things at all times when it comes to its accreditation, as visits from NAEYC assessors are unannounced. "It's a lot of work," said Leacu. Re-accreditations come up every five years.

United Parish Christian Preschool has been open since 1983. It offers early education to children from 2 years and nine months up to six years old; depending on what age the child enters kindergarten. During the school year, morning and afternoon sessions offer teachings in social, fine motor, gross motor, language, and auditory skills.

Leacu started off as a teacher in the preschool in 1998 and has since become Director. She beams with pride as she speaks about her dedicated staff and their love of teaching. "People (staff) tend to come and stay. There's not a lot of turnover here," she said. The last two teachers to leave the school, left due to retirement.

Leacu has said in recent years she seen preschool enrollment decline likely due to the economy and United Parish's Preschool is no exception. Currently, the Preschool is not up to capacity. In Massachusetts, attending preschool is not mandated. However, when families are able to afford preschool, the benefits are tremendous to youngsters before entering kindergarten.

On February 2, United Parish Preschool will be holding an open house and registration from 10 a.m. to noon. Interested parents are encouraged to attend to tour the school and meet the staff. The Preschool is located at One Church St. For more information, call 508-529-6382 or They can also be found on Facebook.


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