When you, as a parent, are looking for child care, do you ever look for the stars? STARS FOR KIDS NOW is a voluntary rating system for licensed and certified child care programs. Programs are given a 1 to 4 STAR rating. All STAR levels are measureable quality indicators above the state minimum requirements.
Rowan County Child Care is participating in the STARS FOR KIDS NOW Program and has been awarded a 3-STAR rating, indicating that the program is seeking quality standards beyond the requirements for facility licensure. As part of the Rowan County Preschool Center, only children who are currently enrolled in the preschool program or in HeadStart are eligible to attend Rowan County Child Care.
STAR ratings are based on factors associated with good outcomes for young children such as staff-to-child ratios, program curriculum, and staff education and training. Children who are cared for in safe, stable, and nurturing environments tend to develop effective social skills, and more likely to be well prepared to enter school.
Child care programs that participate in STARS FOR KIDS NOW are eligible for achievement and incentive awards that will help to maintain and increase quality standards. Child care professionals can access a college scholarship fund, and have technical assistance from specially trained personnel to assist their program in meeting the quality standards that are a part of STARS FOR KIDS NOW.
Shirley Anderson, director of the Rowan County Preschool Center, is extremely proud of her staff and the level of care that they take with the children in both the preschool and the child care programs. “Our mission at Rowan County Child Care is to provide appropriate and safe care for the ‘babies’ in our care each and every day. Our participation in the STARS FOR KIDS NOW program gives parents and the community as a whole the assurance that their precious babies are being cared for by a dedicated and well-trained staff.”