Center Receives 5 Star Certification
We are pleased to announce that the Charlotte Children’s Center has once again been designated a 5 Star Center under the Step Ahead Recognition System (Stars) which is Vermont’s quality recognition system for early childhood and afterschool programs. Our Stars certificate was issued in January 2015 and will be in effect for the next three years.
According to the Stars website, “programs that participate are going above and beyond state regulations to provide professional services to meet the needs of families and children.” Programs can achieve between one and five stars. The more stars a program has the more it is involved in a wide range of practices that support children, families and staff. Specifically, the 5 Stars designation indicates that the program takes steps to achieve a high level of practice across these five different areas:
Regulatory History—means the Center has never has a significant violation of the state licensing regulations.
Staff Qualifications—means all staff has a professional development plan in place and are constantly working to improve their credentials in the field of early childhood education.
Program Practices—covers such items as the systematic use of child observations in curriculum planning.
Families and Communities—means the Center communicates well and often with all stakeholders. The Center also commits to being an advocate for children and families and is an involved member of the community.
Administration—means that there are clear policies in place to govern the day to day running of the Center and that staff have fair pay and benefits.
The whole process to achieve the 5 Star rating took a little more than six months and much hard work on the part of the teachers. I am grateful to them for their dedication and the pride they take in their work because that is the main reason we are a 5 Star Center.