Your child is enrolled, or you may be considering enrolling your child, in a learning and development program whose level of quality exceeds Ohio’s child care licensing standards.
High quality learning and development program settings are important because early experiences last a lifetime. Your child has 1,892 days from the day they are born until they enter kindergarten. What happens on this journey lays the foundation for success in school and life.
A Step Up To Quality Four-Star rated program means that your child is in a program that meets all requirements for a Four-Star program and has chosen to exceed these requirements. Below are some of the ways a Step Up To Quality Rated program can provide increased quality at the Four Star level.
• Lower staff/child ratios
Teachers have more time to support your child’s individual development and learning. This is important because 90% of brain development occurs by the time your child is 6 years old.
• The administrator and teachers have higher education qualifications.
The administrator and most teachers have a bachelor’s or master’s degree and many years experience working with young children. These qualifications benefit your child’s development and learning.
• The administrator and teachers complete more than 20 hours of specialized training every two years.
The administrator and teaching staff are committed to expanding their knowledge and skills to better support your child’s development and learning.
• Teachers use a written plan of activities that covers all areas of development.
The program develops a written, research-based lesson plan that provides opportunities for exploration and learning for your child.
• The program builds relationships with families.
Families contribute to their child’s education plan and share information about their child’s progress toward jointly developed learning goals.
• The program values input from families and the community.
Each year, the program communicates with families and neighborhood organizations about program goals and accomplishments.
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We have been awarded a four-star and continue to strive for high quality child care in our center. Our teachers hold degrees in Early Childhood and continue to take classes to help them become better teachers.
Hey, Parents! Looking for High Quality Child Care?
You should know about Step Up To Quality – Ohio’s voluntary, five star rating system for early childhood programs. Step Up To Quality was created by the state to provide Ohio children with early care and education experiences that go beyond the minimum standards of licensing. Step Up To Quality programs help keep kids healthy, happy and progressing developmentally.
To learn more about Play Academy Four-Star Step Up To Quality program call 440 460 0600.
With 90% of brain development taking place before the age of six, where your children stay while you’re away can make all the difference.
The State of Ohio has recognized Play Academy with one of the highest awards for excellence in the care of young children! We were named a Five-Star Step Up To Quality program. Star Ratings are only given to Ohio’s best early care and education programs that surpass licensing standards.
We wanted to let you know of our honor and thank you for supporting our efforts! With 90% of brain development taking place before age six, our children must grow up in an environment that develops their self-confidence, social and emotional skills and a love for learning. Research confirms that as programs add stars, the benefits to children add up.
When parents enter the workforce or take classes to improve their job prospects, we’re here to support them. We invite you to tour our business and see firsthand the impact we are having on young children. To schedule a tour, please contact us
440 460 0600 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Quality care is more important than ever because Ohio Kindergarten Readiness Assessment Literacy (KRAL) scores show our kids aren’t ready for school with an average of 60% needing at least one form of remediation. In some districts, the scores are even more alarming.
Our Step Up To Quality program offers low teacher/student ratios, more highly trained teachers and a commitment to learning based on Ohio’s Early Learning Content Standards and Infant and Toddler Guidelines. We tell parents to reach for the stars when choosing care for their young ones. Today we feel like they are in our grasp.