Re-accreditation affirms quality of Teachers College Preschool

June 12, 2012

The Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College Preschool on ASU’s Tempe campus has earned re-accreditation through the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). This accreditation is valid until 2017.

“We are very proud of this accomplishment,” said Chari Woodward, director of the preschool. “NAEYC accreditation helps improve the quality of early childhood education throughout the country and the world and helps parents make the right choices of childcare for their children. NAEYC accreditation is a mark of excellence parents can trust. Lessons learned in early childhood programs last a lifetime.” Children playing outdoors Download Full Image

The Teachers College Preschool is one of 122 in Arizona and one of two programs in Tempe to have earned NAEYC accreditation. The NAEYC Academy judges childcare centers on ten standards including a caring and well-trained staff, comprehensive and effective curriculum and regular communication with parents.

“We obtained ratings of 100 percent or 100 percent-plus in each of the ten standards,” Woodward said. “Some special features of our program we offered for evaluation included the exceptional way we use the educational opportunities to be found here at ASU, including those through the music, drama and science departments. Our philosophy of learning through constructive play and our comprehensive assessment of children’s learning were a plus in the accreditation review process.”

The Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College Preschool is currently enrolling for the fall 2012 semester. Enrollment is open to children ages two-and-a-half to five years old.

Located in Room 104 of the Farmer Education Building, the preschool has three brightly lit classrooms with age-appropriate furniture and equipment. The preschool playground is located between the Farmer Education and Payne Hall buildings, and facilitates open-ended play and exploration in a large, fenced-in, grassy area.

Visit or call (480) 965-2510 for more information about the preschool and to schedule a tour.

For a listing of NAEYC-approved programs, visit

ASU's Leon Igras receives lifetime achievement award

June 12, 2012

Leon Igras, director of Environmental Health and Safety at ASU, received a Lifetime Achievement award this spring from SEHSA, the international Environmental Safety and Health Association for High Technology. Igras travelled to San Jose, Calif. during April to receive the award at the association’s 34th Annual International High Technology ESH Symposium and Exposition.

The award recognizes Igras’ dedication to high-technology safety and to SEHSA during the past five decades. Over the years, Igras has held many administrative positions with SEHSA. He was regional director for the SEHSA Upper Midwest and New England sections, served on the organization’s board of directors, and was SEHSA president. The lifetime award honor recognizes his efforts for SEHSA as well as his dedication to high-technology safety. Download Full Image

“Leon’s lifetime achievement award not only is commendable in its own right, but demonstrates his commitment to health-and-safety industry practices, which strengthens his stewardship of the Environmental Health and Safety department and its reach across our four campuses,” says John Riley, acting associate vice president of University Business Services at ASU.

Learn more about SEHSA and the Department of Environmental Health & Safety at ASU.

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