LaGrange Head Start Earns Five Stars

posted 4/15/20 -- LaGrange Head Start renewed its Five Star rating with Ohio's Step Up to Quality program.

All of LCCAA’s directly operated centers have earned the highest rating from Step Up to Quality: five stars. Most of our partner centers are also rated at five stars and none has fewer than three.

As LCCAA’s newest Head Start center, LaGrange Head Start received a temporary Five Star rating based on the strong track record of the overall program. Now, LaGrange has earned five stars in its own right, said Education and Disabilities Specialist Jennifer Bartlebaugh.

Ohio created its five-star rating system to recognize and promote early learning and development programs that meet quality standards over and above the minimum health and safety licensing requirements.

The program has been voluntary; however, beginning in 2020, all early childhood programs must be rated, or they will be ineligible for public funds. Higher ratings are given to programs employing teachers with more specialized training as well as enhanced parent, family and community engagement, among other criteria.

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Step Up To Quality is administered by the Ohio Department of Education and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.