CLEARFIELD – Children’s Aid Society has been designated a Keystone STAR 4 quality-rated child care center, the highest designation in the Keystone STARS program. Children’s Aid Society is the only STAR 4 child care center in the area.
Keystone STARS is Pennsylvania’s Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS). A QRIS is a continuous quality improvement systemic approach to assess, improve and communicate the level of quality in early and school-age care and education programs.
Keystone STARS is a program of Pennsylvania’s Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL).
According to Bonnie Floro, executive director of Children’s Aid Society, “This designation means a lot to us. Our center became involved in Stars years ago as a pilot site, and we have been working toward becoming a Star 4 for many years. We are so proud to finally reach our goal.”
Tara Lansberry, child care director, said, “The staff at our center work hard to care for the children and provide quality care to families.
“There are so many rules and regulations that need to be followed while also making sure children feel safe, cared for and included.
“We are fortunate to have so many families on board with us and help us provide children with meaningful play, positive relationships and fun learning experiences.
“This is a great achievement for our center and we look forward to providing quality care for our community for years to come.”
According to the Children’s Aid Society, when children receive quality early childhood education, they develop the skills they need for future job success. “They not only learn their ABCs and 123s, they also discover values like personal responsibility and taking pride in their work.
“Down the road, this can strengthen our community through less spending on crime control and public assistance, as well as more taxes being paid by well-employed workers.”
According to the Children’s Aid Society, research shows that every $1 invested in high-quality early education saves taxpayers up to $7.
For more information about Children’s Aid Society, visit www.childaid.org.