Early education leaders in Milledgeville Friday

Staff reportOctober 31, 2013 

Child care leaders from around the state are scheduled to tour a Milledgeville center on Friday as they seek more participants in the state’s new rating system.

Visitors will get a close look at Saint Stephen’s Day School at 11 a.m., then hear more about Quality Rated, Georgia’s system to assess, improve and communicate the quality level in child care programs. The center is located at 220 S. Wayne St.

Mindy Binderman, executive director of the Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students, and Keith Bostick, deputy commissioner of Georgia’s Department of Early Care and Learning, will provide a brief overview of the program during a lunch at Georgia College and State University.

Quality Rated uses one, two and three stars to show which early care and education programs meet a set of standards that exceeds the state’s minimum licensing requirements. A program earns a higher number of stars by having more highly trained staff, more adults supervising fewer children and emphasizing learning practices, among other measures.

Of the state’s 6,000 child care programs, a total of 1,449 are participating in Quality Rated so far, said Reg Griffin, spokesman for the state Department of Early Care and Learning, which supervises day care centers, family home day cares and larger group home day cares. Participation in Quality Rated is voluntary.

To date, there are 303 actual Quality Rated programs.

There are 24 programs in Bibb and Baldwin counties now participating in Quality Rated. There are three rated programs in Baldwin County. Two received 3 stars and one received 2 stars. There are no rated programs in Bibb County so far.

For more informaton, visit www.qualityrated.org.

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