Central Georgia Technical College’s Macon Campus Early Childhood Learning Center was recently awarded a three-star quality rating through Bright from the Start’s Quality Rated program.
The staff and administration of the Early Childhood Learning Center voluntarily participated in this self-study overseen by Bright from the Start of the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning.
The collaborative effort also included help from Regina Little of the Child Care Resource and Referral System of Central Georgia. Little stated, “Currently, only two programs in Bibb County have achieved QR Star Ratings. The process is not a simple one and those who make the commitment do so because they know that quality care matters. I applaud Director Michelle Cutler-Ervin and the CGTC staff for their commitment and willingness to be accountable for providing a high quality program.”
Quality Rated is a program designed to enhance the quality of early care and education provided in child care programs. Its system evaluates, improves and communicates the quality of early education and school-age care programs. Quality Rated is similar to other service related industries rating systems, such as a five-star hotel. Centers participating in Quality Rated must attend training, demonstrate knowledge of child development and best practices for children and successfully complete observations and assessments of the program’s standards and practices.
The Macon Campus Early Childhood Learning Center earned a three-star rating, the highest for Quality Rated. The Center met all marks for high quality including higher teacher education, lower ratios of teachers to children, family engagement activities, aiding family involvement, intentional teaching and making children’s work their play.
The Early Childhood Learning Center on the Macon campus is open to children ages 3-4. For more information on the Center, call 478-757-3492.
For more information about Central Georgia Technical College, log on to www.centralgatech.edu.