SYRACUSE — The Carleton Preschool Program in Syracuse was recognized for its “commitment to high quality and ongoing dedication to the learning and development of young children” by Step Up to Quality.
Step Up to Quality is Ohio’s rating system for learning and development programs. Participating preschool programs can earn a one to five star rating, with a five-star being the highest.
Carleton’s preschool program is an inclusion program that is able to serve both students with and without special needs. The preschool received a five-star Step Up to Quality award by meeting all criteria necessary to receive the rating.
The system looks at a school’s staff/child ratios, child assessment results used to plan activities that best support learning, and development goals for each child. Whether or not the assessment results are shared with families is also important.
The program looks to see if the school creates goals for children, and designs lesson plans that support each child’s growth and the transition to a new classroom or educational setting.
Another requirement is that the preschool includes organizations or businesses within the community to support children and their families and uses input from families and community partners to ensure the program’s continuous improvement process.
Teachers and the administrators must complete more than 30 hours of specialized training every two years and have higher specific educational qualifications.
The program also takes into consideration the support and value shown to their employees when providing benefit packages to retain high-quality teachers.
“Carleton Preschool Program is proud to be a five-star program,” said Kayla George, director of education. “We know that investing in high-quality early childhood education is critical to our community and has lasting effects on the educational careers of our students. It is important to us that children develop their self-confidence, social and emotional skills, and a love of learning as the foundation of their educational careers.”
According to George, research confirms that the first five years of a child’s life has a direct impact on how children develop emotional well-being, in addition to, learning and social skills. She believes Carleton Preschool provides just such an environment for children to thrive.
To find out more about the Carleton Preschool program,call 740-992-6681.