Carrollton, KY — May 18, 2017 — The Carroll County Child Development Center has earned the state’s highest rating for a Head Start / public preschool facility. The Kentucky All STARS program rates early childhood facilities on a scale from one star to five stars. The CCCDC’s new five-star rating shows that it is among the best in the state.
“I am very proud of the work that we have done at the CCCDC,” said Leah Spencer, the center’s coordinator. “That five-star rating is confirmation that we are providing the best education to the students in our center. This takes teamwork and constant dedication to improvement. I am happy to say that our center is among the best.”
All child care centers that receive public funding must participate in Kentucky All STARS. Participation is optional for centers that do not receive public funds.
The program evaluates facilities based on four domains:
- Family and Community Engagement
- Classroom and Instructional Quality
- Staff Qualifications and PD
- Administrative and Leadership Practices
The CCCDC’s high score in the Family and Community Engagement domain shows that it is taking steps to bring parents and the community into the educational process. For children to achieve their potential, learning cannot stop at the center’s doors. It is important for children to spend time learning with parents and other caregivers as well. Additionally, the CCCDC takes an active role in coordinating services for many of its children. This domain also involves communication, partnerships with local agencies that support children and more.
Classroom and Instructional Quality is the most important of the four domains for earning a five-star rating. Staff members at the center must demonstrate that they are screening students upon enrollment, tracking progress and communicating assessment results.
“At the end of the day, this is what we are here for,” Spencer said, referring to student learning. “All of our work, all of the outreach, and all of the training is to help students start their education on the right foot.”
The Staff Qualifications and PD domain requires the center to demonstrate employee qualifications and professional development.
Finally, the Administrative and Leadership Practices domain requires the center to demonstrate that it both has and is following an improvement plan, that staff members are involved in the improvement plan and that staff members have appropriate time to plan lessons. In order for children to get the best education possible, the center must run smoothly and help employees be effective.
“This is something that we have been working toward for a long time,” said director Gerda Wise, who is retiring at the end of the month. “It takes ongoing, consistent work to earn a five-star rating, and I am proud of everyone at the CCCDC.”
The Carroll County School District is a public school system that operates within the geographic boundaries of Carroll County, Ky. The district serves around 1,900 students K-12.
Carroll County School District