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Oakridge Neighborhood’s Oak Academy earns five-year accreditiation

Posted February 11, 2014 in Des Moines West, Community Web Exclusives

DES MOINES, IOWA – (Tuesday, February 11, 14) – Oakridge Neighborhood’s Oak Academy (formerly Early Enrichment Child Care Center), an early enrichment preschool, has earned a new, five-year term renewal of accreditation from the NAEYC Academy for Early Childhood Program Accreditation.

Oak Academy was recognized by the NAEYC Accreditation for outstanding efforts in  “continuing to uphold the mark of quality represented by the NAEYC Accreditation system,” maintaining early childhood program standards and accreditation criteria.  It received special commendations for leadership and management, community relationships, promoting nutrition and health of children, and promoting positive relationships among children and adults to foster a sense of individual worth and belonging.

Led by Director Vicki Williams, Oak Academy is a state-licensed pre-school for children age 6 weeks to 5 years old serving 54 children, including 28 from the Oakridge Neighborhood.

“Oak Academy provides safe, nurturing, high quality early enrichment for our neighborhood children, with a strong, caring staff,” said Teree Caldwell Johnson, CEO, Oakridge Neighborhood and Oakridge Neighborhood Services.  “It is a culturally diverse learning environment unique to Des Moines.”

The Oakridge neighborhood is a vibrant community committed to transforming the lives of disadvantage at-risk children and youth, low-income families, and new immigrants seeking a better life.  A portfolio of programs and services aligned with housing create pathways for residents to become self-sufficient and move from being supported to self-reliance.  For more information visit

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