Your child’s early childhood education is important. Use the Keystone STARS Program Rankings to find the right child care center for your little one.
What Is Keystone STARS?
Keystone STARS is an initiative in Pennsylvania for early childhood learning programs. Keystone STARS stands for Standards, Training/Professional Development, Assistance, and Resources. These standards were created to improve quality of early childhood education at child care centers.
What Do These Ratings Mean?
Child care centers have Keystone STARS ratings of 1, 2, 3, or 4. The higher the Keystone STARS rating, the higher the quality of the child care center or program.
Each rating indicates a high-quality child care and early childhood education program. At these child care centers, you know your child is in good hands and will be ready to take on the world.
Keystone STARS rates four different aspects of child care and early childhood education programs. These are staff education, learning environment, leadership and management, and family and community partnerships.
Quality Child Care Standards
Why should you enroll your little one in a child care center that uses these standards? The answer is simple. Your child care center staff holds themselves to a higher standard for your child.
You can take comfort dropping your child off at a child care center with Keystone STARS 3 or 4 ratings. At these child care centers, your child is in a safe environment with qualified staff and teachers. The staff also renews their commitment to quality child care every year. Staff members have 24 hours of continued education each year.
The Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) reports that the rate of 4-year-olds with “proficient and academic skills” doubled after participating in one of these programs rated at the 3 or 4 level. Children who go through a Keystone STARS rated program do better in school. These children are more likely to graduate high school and attend college.
The Keystone STARS 4 Program at Children Central Child Care and Learning Center
Children Central Child Care and Learning Center is a Keystone STARS 4 child care center. A majority of Children Central Child Care staff members have degrees in early childhood development and education.
At Children Central Child Care and Learning Center, we work on your child’s written and verbal communication skills each day. Our teachers use the PA Early Learning Standards. We focus on building a curriculum that helps prepare your child for future success in school.
We use the Environmental Rating Scale to evaluate our own classroom setup and learning activities. This standardized tool helps us so see how we can do better for your child. Enroll your child at Children Central Child Care and Learning Center today!