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Selected for excellent environment and instruction

HAMPTON ROADS, VA – Aug. 3, 2011 – Tidewater Community College’s Child Development Lab has earned a four-star rating from the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation. This voluntary quality rating and improvement system for early childhood settings awards programs one of five star levels of increasing quality.

One of the few four-star rated programs in the area, TCC’s Child Development Lab was selected for the high range of quality interactions between children and teachers and its small group size.

The lab, serving some 25 families annually, received a perfect score for environment and instruction, which includes the physical setting and the materials used for learning and play.

Programs earning a star rating exceed required standards and are on a continuous quality improvement path. “This is a great accomplishment and it shows the staff's commitment to serving our children using the highest standards,” says Jenefer Snyder, program administrative manager of TCC’s Child Development Lab, located on the college’s Virginia Beach Campus.

The lab serves a dual purpose – providing quality care for children ages three to five and functioning as a lab setting for TCC’s early childhood education students working toward a degree or certificate. For more information about TCC’s Child Development Lab, visit


Laurie White

Tidewater Community College - the largest provider of higher education and Workforce Solutions services in Hampton Roads - topped 45,000 students in 2009-10. The 16th highest associate-degree producer in the nation, TCC offers more than 150 programs including business administration, culinary arts, general studies, modeling & simulation, network security, nursing, and automotive technology. Among the fastest-growing two-year institutions in the United States, TCC was founded in 1968 as a part of the Virginia Community College System. The college serves the South Hampton Roads region with campuses in Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach as well as the TCC Jeanne and George Roper Performing Arts Center in Norfolk’s theater district, the Visual Arts Center in Olde Towne Portsmouth, the Regional Automotive Center in Chesapeake, and the Advanced Technology Center in Virginia Beach. Forty-five percent of the region’s residents attending a college or university in Virginia last fall were enrolled at TCC. For more information, visit