Middletown Early Learning Center: FIVE STAR RATING!
Monday, May 15, 2017
After several years of work by the dedicated Butler County Educational Service Center (BCESC) Early Childhood Staff and Leadership Team, the BCESC is happy to announce the Middletown Early Learning Center was awarded a 5-Star rating by the Ohio Department of Education (ODE).
Step Up to Quality (SUTQ) is a single measure of quality for preschool classrooms in the State of Ohio. The preschool and Head Start programs at the Early Learning Center at Middletown received the highest rating in SUTQ, which is five Stars. The ODE Consultant monitored the program's use of child data to inform instruction, staff education and ongoing training, parent and community engagement, and monitored health visits for children. The purpose of SUTQ is to encourage high quality preschools in Ohio that support the whole child so they are ready for kindergarten and beyond.
“Many children will experience preschool as their first interaction with the world outside of their home. Our preschool and Head Start programs naturally offer an opportunity for growth, cognitively and developmentally, through exposure to intentional, direct instruction that will boost pre-math, literacy and motor skills, while promoting social and emotional development. Our students are learning to become more independent while our teachers nurture their curiosity by offering engaging activities that promote higher level thinking,” said Carrie Corder, Principal of Middletown Preschool Programs.
Jessica Jones, Assistant Principal of Middletown Preschool Programs, says the BCESC preschool and Head Start programs directly benefits the children in Middletown, OH and Butler County, OH.
“The importance of early childhood education in the Middletown community is evident through the commitment from Middletown City Schools and the Middletown Community Foundation, along with the Butler County Educational Service Center. Our parents, staff and students are all key components of this 5-star rating granted by the Ohio Department of Education! Our commitment to quality education is a guarantee that every “Itty Bitty Middy” is ready for kindergarten,” said Jones.
The BCESC has partnered with Middletown in educating young children for nearly a decade. The BCESC Early Childhood team and the services they provide help all preschool and Head Start students meet the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive needs of each child. In the 2017-18 school year, the BCESC, Middletown Community Foundation, and Middletown City Schools hope to enroll an additional 120 preschool students.
“Congratulations to the Middletown/BCESC Early Learning Center team on the rating of 5-Stars by the Ohio Department of Education! We are proud of our continued collaboration with Middletown and also of the commitment and effort of our entire preschool team in providing high quality preschool education services. We look forward to expanding the program and partnership to meet the changing needs of families and children in Middletown.” said Sissy Rasmussen, BCESC Early Childhood Special Education Director.
Pictured: Camillo, Carter, Makiyla, Tony, Makarieo, Jozlynn, Maya, Ms. Carrie Corder (principal), Marissa
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