Today we had a nonscheduled visit and observation from The Ohio Dept. of Education Preschool for our STEM Preschool program as part of the process of our Step Up To Quality rating process. Last year was our initial year so we could not go through the rating process until this year. This year they were able to rate our program.
We are very proud to share with you that we have officially earned a 5-Star Step Up To Quality state rating - the highest rating possible - for our STEM Northwestern Preschool!
S.U.T.Q. is an improvement and rating process that all schools receiving state funding will be required to participate by July 2020. Since we do not qualify for state funding for our program it is not required, but Northwestern welcomed the opportunity to receive a rating and school improvement feedback, so we participated in the program.
Step Up To Quality is a five–star quality rating and improvement system administered by the Ohio Department of Education and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. S.U.T.Q. recognizes and promotes learning and development programs that meet quality program standards that exceed preschool licensing and school age child care licensing health and safety regulations. Step Up To Quality program standards are based on national research identifying standards which lead to improved outcomes for children.
Each of these individuals played a large role in making all of this possible:
Each of these people are AMAZING!
If you see them, give them a High FIVE!