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Article Published: 08/25/2017
In recognition of a commitment to quality and an ongoing dedication to the learning and development of children, EHOVE’s Child Development Center has received a Five Star Step Up To Quality Award from the State of Ohio.
Step Up To Quality is Ohio’s rating system for learning and development programs. Participating programs can earn a one to five star rating. In addition to meeting all standards of a four-star rating, programs with five stars may also:
• Have lower staff/child ratios.
• Use child assessment results to plan activities that best support learning and development goals for each child.
• Share assessment results and create goals for children.
• Develop plans to support children as they transition to a new classroom or educational setting.
• Work with other organizations or businesses within the community to support children and their families.
• Have an active and organized parent volunteer group.
• Use input from families and community partners’ inform the program’s continuous improvement process.
• Have accreditation by an approved organization.
EHOVE’s program works with preschoolers to help them find a love of learning along with developing their self-confidence, social and emotional skills. The program doesn’t just educate the young children, it also affects juniors and seniors in high school. Students in EHOVE’s Early Childhood Education program are in the role of student teacher every day with the children. The high schoolers plan and implement developmentally-appropriate activities for the children under the guidance of the Early Childhood Education Instructors.
According to the Step Up To Quality program, research confirms that the first five years of a child’s life has a direct impact on how children develop emotional well-being, in addition to, learning and social skills. For these reasons, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services and the Ohio Department of Education are committed to improving early childhood opportunities for all children in the state.
To learn more, visit www.earlychildhoodohio.org.