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Step Up to Quality

5 Star Rated 

Preschool Administrator: Beckie Evanson 440-992-1251

ASHTABULA, OHIO - In recognition of a commitment to quality and an ongoing dedication to the learning and development of children, The Early Learning Center ~ AACS has received a Five-Star Step Up To Quality Award from the state of Ohio completed December, 2017.

Step Up To Quality is Ohio’s rating system for learning and development programs. Participating programs can earn a one to five star rating. The Early Learning Center within the Ashtabula Area City Schools has earned the highest rating of 5 stars.

In addition to meeting all standards of a four-star rating, programs with five stars may also:
  •  Child/staff ratios are met per special education law.
    • Teachers have time to support the child’s individual development and learning.  This is so important because 90% of brain development occurs by the time the child is 6 years of age.
  • The entire staff at the Early Learning Staff has higher education qualifications compared to other agencies that do not require their teachers to have teaching license.
  • Use child assessment results to plan activities that best support learning and development goals for each child using the Early Learning Content Standards which is directly connected to the 3rd Grade Guarantee. 
  • Share assessment results and create goals for children on a daily basis.
  • Develop plans to support children as they transition to a new classroom or educational setting. Kindergarten Transition Plan and event with the primary campus.
  • Work with other organizations or businesses within the community to support children and their families. Libraries, Head Start, ABC Learning Center, and Leadership of Ashtabula are some examples.
  • Have an active and organized parent volunteer group.
  • Use input from families and community partners’ inform the program’s continuous improvement process. 
  • Have accreditation by an approved organization. ODE has recognized the Early Learning Center as a 5 Star Rated preschool which currently is the only one in the county.
The Early Learning Center ~ AACS is proud to be a five-star program said Lisa Newsome, previous director of The Early Learning Center ~ AACS. We know that children have approximately 1,892 days from birth until kindergarten starts, and every day matters. It is important to the staff at the Early Learning Center, that children are provided this preschool opportunity to develop their self-confidence, social and emotional skills, basic academic skills and a love of learning.

Research confirms that the first five years of a child’s life has a direct impact on how children develop emotional well-being, in addition to, learning and social skills. For these reasons, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services and the Ohio Department of Education are committed to improving early childhood opportunities for all children in the state.