Pen Bay Creative Learning Center has earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children or NAEYC — the nation’s leading organization of early childhood professionals.

“We’re proud to have earned this mark of quality and are honored to be able to do this work with children and families,” said Amy Carter-Boynton, director, Pen Bay Creative Learning Center, in a news release.

“We have a very longstanding and dedicated group of teachers who work hard to connect with every child in their care and provide a wide-reaching, engaging curriculum. We’re all thrilled to have brought our program to this next level.” Long-time parent Melissa Schenk remarked, “Congratulations to everyone at the center. This is just a public confirmation of the wonderful work you have been doing for our children for years,” she said.

To earn NAEYC accreditation, Pen Bay Creative Learning Center 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 on-site visit by NAEYC assessors to ensure that the program meets each of the 10 program standards. NAEYC-accredited programs are also subject to unannounced visits during their accreditation, which lasts for five years.

In the 25 years since NAEYC accreditation was established, it has become a widely recognized sign of high-quality early childhood education. Nearly 7,000 programs are currently accredited by NAEYC — approximately 8 percent of all preschools and other early childhood programs.

“It’s a lengthy and rigorous process to achieve NAEYC accreditation and Pen Bay Creative Learning Center should be commended for seeking high standards,” said Rhian Evans Allvin, executive director of NAEYC. “Caring for children is not ‘rocket science’ — it’s brain science. Studies prove that the brain connections made in the first few years of life set a child’s path for success in school and in life. That’s why quality educators are so crucial. For parents and caregivers of young children who are searching for a high-quality early learning experience, Pen Bay Creative Learning Center’s NAEYC accreditation is a sign that it offers a high-quality education in a nurturing and stimulating environment.”

Pen Bay Creative Learning Center provides early care and education to children ages six weeks through five years. For more information or to get a child on the waiting list, contact Amy Carter-Boynton at 596-8700 or For more information about NAEYC accreditation, visit