July 2011 Stars Report

Want to Prepare Your Child for School and Life Success?

Looking for Quality Child Care?

COUNT THE KEYSTONE STARS

At a Keystone STARS Facility you can count on:

*       A Department of Public Welfare Certificate of Compliance for Centers or registration for Family Day Care Homes

*       A comfortable place where your child can explore and learn

*       Laughing, reading, and talking to build good language skills

*       Teachers learning new ways to help your child succeed

*       A safe, healthy and exciting place

*       Music, art, science, and play activities that increase school readiness

*       Your child feeling good about his/her self

*       Lots of family involvement

*       Teachers that listen to children and parents

*       Children having fun together and being respectful of each other

What Keystone STARS means for YOU and Your CHILD

Keystone STARS is a quality rating system. It has four STAR levels as noted in the chart below. Each STAR designation has its own research-based performance standards. These standards measure three areas of child care that make a difference in the quality of care your child receives:

1) The staff employed 2) The environment your child is in every day 3) The way a facility runs their business 
As a facility moves from STAR One to STAR Four, the requirements in these areas increase. 

 

 

 


Below gives examples of the requirements each facility must meet at each STAR level.

In A One STAR Facility you will find: 

  • A DPW Child Care Certificate of Compliance/Registration for a year
  • A plan to increase professional development and training for staff
  • Increased staff communication by team meetings
  • A completed self-assessment on quality items in the environment

 

 In A Two STAR Facility you will find: 

 

  • Director and Staff must receive at least 3 to 6 hours more annual professional development and training than DPW regulations require
  • The facility has a budget and provides at least one benefit to staff
  • Some involvement of parents in the program
  • A plan to address needs found in a standardized self-assessment of the program

 

In A Three STAR Facility you will find: 

  • More professional development and training hours than a STAR Two
  • One half of the staff completed/enrolled in credentials or degrees 
  • Learning materials available for a large part of the day
  • Literacy activities including reading to children, story telling and encouraging written and verbal communication happen often during the day
  • Increased parental involvement 
  • Written policies and procedures
  • Implementation of a financial system, increased staff compensation and benefits

In A Four STAR Facility you will find: 

  • More professional development and training hours than STAR Three  
  • Two thirds of the staff completed/enrolled in credentials or degrees 
  • Activities designed to encourage communication, both written and verbal, occur naturally in the day
  • Parental and community resources used effectively in the delivery of quality child care
  • Business, organizational and staff compensation practices are maximized
  • A review of the facility by a nationally recognized environmental rating scale that indicates a high quality score
  • A review of the facility by a nationally recognized environmental rating scale that indicates a minimal quality score

For More information contact Laurie Welch at 570-726-0022 or clintoncountychildcare.org

 

STARS stands for Standards, Training/Professional Development, Assistance, Resources, and Support

Keystone STARS is a system of continuous quality improvement for child care through Standards, Training/Professional Development, Assistance, Resources, and Support. Keystone STARS is an initiative of the Office of Child Development to improve, support, and recognize quality child care programs in Pennsylvania. Keystone STARS works to support the capacity and quality of programs through performance standards, financial incentives, and STAR designation awards.

Child care providers are awarded a STAR One, STAR Two, STAR Three, or STAR Four quality rating based on their achievement of quality performance standards in the areas of staff education, learning environment, and administration. The star rating reflects standards of quality that are research based and linked to improved outcomes for children as related to social and emotional development, learning skills, and school readiness.

CLINTON COUNTY STARS FACILITIES

STAR LEVEL

FACILITY

ADDRESS

STAR 1

Bonnie S. Young - Home Day Care

1016 Eagle Valley Road, Beech Creek, PA 16822

STAR 1

Building Blocks Child Care and Learning Center, Inc.

225 East Church Street, Lock Haven, PA 17745

STAR 1

Infant Development Program, Inc.

980 East Water Street, Lock Haven, PA 17745

STAR 1

Lock Haven Area YMCA Child Care Services I

145 East Water Street, Lock Haven, PA 17745

STAR 1

Mom's Inc.

1 Outlet Lane, PO Box 396, McElhattan, PA 17748

STAR 1

Tomorrow's Hope Child Care Center, Inc

144 Hogan Blvd, Mill Hall, PA 17751

STAR 1

Your Guardian Angel Preschool and Childcare

1046 B Delaware Avenue, Jersey Shore, PA 17740

STAR 2

All Things Bright and Beautiful Day Care

Park and Prospect, PO Box 180, Avis, PA 17721

STAR 2

Lock Haven Day Care Center

165 Susquehanna Avenue, Lock Haven, PA 17745

Start with STARS

Cathy's Gingerbread Daycare

160 Main Street Corner Maple A, Beech Creek, PA 16822

Start with STARS

Cheryl A. Overdorf (Overdorf Family Child Care)

PO Box 213, 110 W Summit Stree, Avis, PA 17721

Start with STARS

Lock Haven Area YMCA Lamar Township

145 East Water Street, Lock Haven, PA 17751

Start with STARS

Tanya Reeder

7 Girard Street, Mill Hall, PA 17751