Community Progress Council Head Start programs earn national accreditation

Junior Gonzalez
York Dispatch

The Community Progress Council, a nonprofit that serves impoverished York County residents, has attained national accreditation for one of its Head Start/Early Head Start facilities in York City.

Early Head Start students  enrolled with the Community Progress Council play with blocks during the school day.

According to Early Head Start education manager Stephanie Gomez-Wilson, the Head Start/Early Head Start programs at the Community Progress Council's East Cottage Place location earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) earlier this month.

Gomez-Wilson called NAEYC accreditation “the gold standard” among early childhood certifications.

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“We’ve joined an elite group across the country,” Gomez-Wilson added.

The accreditation has been awarded to more than 10,000 programs across the country and is known for its rigorous, research-based assessments, according to the association's website.

The four classrooms that earned the accreditation went through a four-step process that took two years to complete, according to Robin Rohrbaugh, Community Progress Council President and CEO.

She said she hopes the accreditation — the first earned among CPC’s 20 Head Start/Early Head Start locations — will be the start of a trend among eligible facilities to earn more certifications going forward.

Wilson said the process was worth the effort because of the program's enduring benefit to parents who need the services the most.

The Community Progress Council’s Early Head Start and Head Start programs are available for those who meet federal poverty guidelines.

While all 24 Head Start and 19 Early Head Start spots at the recently accredited location are filled, Gomez-Wilson still encourages parents to apply, as enrollment fluctuation is common. Registration is still available in other locations across the county.

For more information, visit the Community Progress Council’s website at