Step Up To Quality Child Development And Learning Program
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. Little Miracles Program recognized the necessity to provide care and education that exceeds the licensing requirement. Our Springdale location has been awarded 4 Stars by Step Up to Quality. Our new school in Forest Park will follow the same standard and looks forward to applying to be rated by Step Up to Quality once we reach the requirement of being open at least 6 months.
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 Three 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.