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Lakota & Talawanda Early Learning Preschools: FIVE STAR RATING!
Posted By:  Elizabeth Beadle
Thursday, December 7, 2017

blogIn recognition of a commitment to quality and an ongoing dedication to the learning and development of children, the Butler County Educational Service Center (BCESC) Early Childhood Staff and Leadership Team is happy to announce their preschool and Head Start programs in the Early Learning Preschool Classrooms in the Talawanda School District and the Lakota Local School District were each awarded a 5-Star rating by the Ohio Department of Education (ODE).

In the Talawanda School District, the BCESC has Early Learning Preschool Classrooms in Bogan Elementary, Kramer Elementary, and Maude Marshall Elementary. In the Lakota Local School District, the BCESC has Early Learning Preschool Classrooms in Creekside Early Childhood School, Liberty Early Childhood School, Shawnee Early Childhood School.

“Congratulations to our Early Learning teams at Talawanda and Lakota on the rating of 5-Stars by the Ohio Department of Education! We are proud of our continued collaboration with our school districts and also of the commitment and effort of our entire preschool team in providing high quality preschool education services.” said Sissy Rasmussen, BCESC Early Childhood Special Education Director.

Step Up to Quality (SUTQ) is a single measure of quality for preschool classrooms in the State of Ohio. 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.

In addition to meeting all standards of a four-star rating, programs with five stars may also:

  • Have lower staff/child ratios.

  • Use child assessment results to plan activities that best support learning and development goals for each child.

  • Share assessment results and create goals for children.

  • Develop plans to support children as they transition to a new classroom or educational setting.

  • Work with other organizations or businesses within the community to support children and their families.

  • Have an active and organized parent volunteer group.

  • Use input from families and community partners’ inform the program’s continuous improvement process.

  • Have accreditation by an approved organization.       

“Butler County ESC’s preschools establish the important foundational building blocks that help students set the path for a successful academic career in their school district and beyond. The top level 5-star rating confirms what we've known about our Early Learning teams: they provide a high-quality entrance for our students to school based services,” said Rasmussen.

The BCESC partners with school districts in Butler County, Ohio and the southwest Ohio region in educating young children. 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.


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