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November 5, 2013

St. Stephen’s exhibits Quality Rated program

MILLEDGEVILLE — A parent of three young children Ashley Brady wanted to ensure her boys were provided with a top-notch learning experience from quality teachers, so she decided to enroll them at St. Stephen’s Day School. 

The local child care learning center is three star Quality Rated in the new voluntary early education rating system.

“To know that you’re doing everything you can as a parent to have your children in a school that is Quality Rated just makes you feel so reassured that they will have a good foundation so they will be ready to start school and they’re going to be great in society,” Brady said. “My oldest is in kindergarten, one child is already here and another starts in May. We were already started at St. Stephen’s before getting Quality Rated, but it just reassured me that it is an awesome place.”

The Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students (GEEARS) hosted a tour of St. Stephen’s Day School Friday as a way to allow local community leaders and education officials the opportunity to learn more about the school’s new Quality Rated program. Officials in attendance included representatives from GEEARS, the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL), Child Care Resource and Referral Agency of Central Georgia at Macon and Georgia College.

“We’re excited for the work [St. Stephen’s Day School] has done and to show off what a quality program looks like,” GEEARS Executive Director Mindy Binderman said after Friday’s tour. “They are committed to higher levels of quality learning and continued learning. Our goal is to encourage families and providers to learn about Quality Rated and show off their great centers in the process.”

Quality Rated is a systemic approach to assess, improve, and communicate the level of quality in early education and school-age care programs. Similar to rating systems for other service industries like restaurants and hotels, Quality Rated uses a star rating system to indicate early care and education programs that meet standards exceeding the state’s minimum licensing requirements.

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